Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Talented Ms Laing.

I have been conspicuously absent from the blogosphere, I know. My life has been taken up with selling and buying houses, packing, moving, unpacking, child-minding etc etc ad nauseum. And even some writing! And mentoring. So not much spare time. I am compelled to break the silence, however, to celebrate Sarah Laing. Last night she won the award for best cover design at the PANZ Book Design Awards, for none other than Magpie Hall!

It is very well deserved. I LOVE this cover, front and back, and it was just one of many clever designs she came up with. Sarah is not only a talented designer, but also an award-winning writer herself. Check out her books (both also with gorgeous covers designed by hers truly): her short story collection Coming Up Roses, and her novel Dead People's Music, one of my favourite reads of last year.

She has her own website - visit to see her diverse talents. And just lately she has started a graphic blog of her time as the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow. Such talent, and all this achieved as a mother of three. I take my hat off to her and thank her for doing such a wonderful job on Magpie Hall and for (hee hee) bringing attention to it again!


Vanda Symon said...

Yay for Sarah - it is a great cover.

Oh I sympathise on the selling and buying houses thing - it's such hard work!

Andrea Eames said...

Well-deserved - the cover is amazing.

Anonymous said...

A cover worthy of judging the book by. Nice one Sarah.

K. Dwyer said...

Rachel I loved loved your book "The Sound of Butterflies" and I would like to buy "Magpie Hall" - only now I have an ereader... do you know if it is available anywhere for Kobo ereaders?

Rachael King said...

I think you can get the e book of Magpie Hall at Thanks for stopping by!

Rachel Fenton said...

I think the very first comment I left on your blog was about cover design - it's a gorgeous book.

Congratulations to Sarah - and to you, Rachael, for having her cool design on your book.