Judging books by their covers

Douglas Kennedy’s books were a welcome recommendation last year: pacy,
and with substance, and a very real grip on the emotions. Yet if I
hadn’t been recommended his work, I never would have picked up his
novels. The covers (in the UK and US at least) are all filed under the
“wistful 1950s housewife” genre, and have the whiff of the chicklit
about them. The covers certainly aren’t representative: take a look at
the French equivalents, which are far more appealing – and Kennedy’s
books are very popular here.



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