Jack Glass Cover Reveal

A supremely clever melding of golden-age crime themes with golden-age SF themes. A tricksy crime novel told in three stories. A who-dunnit where you know from the beginning who dunnit (that would be Jack Glass), but are still surprised when you discover how he did it. What on earth (or indeed off earth) would you put on the cover? Tried loads of ideas, nothing worked. Went back to the beginning. To the title. Jack Glass. The name of the killer. Glass (the substance) also features in the plot. An idea begins to form. Talk to the designers and the art department. Stained glass maybe? Designers go away. And two weeks later come back with a thing of unearthly beauty. I give you the cover for Jack Glass, the new novel from Adam Roberts. Designers and art departments – they don’t get anywhere near enough credit. So thank you to designers and art departments in general. And to Black Sheep, who did this one, in particular. You have created something very, very special.


I find myself the Associate Publisher of Gollancz with no clear idea of how I got here but fairly sure I enjoyed the journey. There was some college, a lot of bookselling and a bit of marketing along the way but that was a long time ago. I’ve been editing since 1991. I’ve always read SF, Fantasy and Horror but I’ve always enjoyed reading other stuff as well. I’ve published other stuff too but never had as much fun doing it as I have publishing genre books. I’m very happy doing what I’m doing; to the extent that I’ve been comprehensively ruined for doing anything else. Anything else may have got off lightly. I’m definitely more Arthur Dent than I am Takeshi Kovacs. But then if anyone in publishing tells you they’re like Takeshi Kovacs they are LYING.
  • It is, indeed, a thing of beauty. And having been lucky enough to have already read this, I might add that it’s an absolutely cracking book, too.

  • Oh. Oh my.

    I think I’m in love.

  • Hats of to you for that one, folks. ’tis rather lovely and no mistake 🙂

  • Simon

    Thanks Darren! It was one of those ones where as soon as the cover meeting saw it, everyone just sighed and sat back with big sappy grins on their faces. Oh so rare 🙂

  • Christina

    I don’t tend to go for mystery/crime stories, but that cover is so gorgeous. Consider me sold.

    • Simon

      Thank you Christina! Shall pass this back to the designer. I think we can, at least, promise you a mystery/crime story quite unlike any you might have read before.

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