Fun with ASHFORD Covers

I love seeing different covers for the same book, especially foreign editions.

Just this morning, I received what has to be my favorite foreign edition cover art yet: the cover for the German edition of The Ashford Affair.

Doesn’t it make you think of old Mary Stewart novels? I can just picture alighting from that car, on the sweep of gravel in front of the great house, wondering what awaits me inside….

For contrast, here’s the cover of the U.S. edition (coming to a bookstore near you on April 9th!):

Of all my books, this is my favorite U.S. cover so far. (Although it has some pretty stiff competition from the hardcover edition of The Mischief of the Mistletoe.) I love the way the U.S. Ashford cover catches both the sophisticated ennui of the Jazz Age and the wild beauty of the Kenyan landscape.

(The U.K. edition, which comes out on May 1, looks exactly like the U.S. edition.)

Meanwhile, while we’re playing with Ashford covers, here’s the cover of the large print edition (also coming out in the U.S. in early April):

Which is your favorite?

French, Italian, Polish and Spanish covers coming soon!

p.s. since Christine asked whether it’s common for the large print and regular editions to have different covers, here, just for fun, are the covers of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and the Pink large print edition:

Quite a contrast, no?


  1. Christine on March 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I’m partial to the German – very Downton Abbey.

    Is it common for the large print to have a different cover from the regular?

  2. Lauren on March 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Yes! I wish I could post pictures in the comments section, so I could show you the Pink large print cover…. Hang on, going to amend the post to include it. : )

  3. Christine on March 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Wow that is completely different. And I’m not really a fan. It’s very… 80s?

  4. Lauren on March 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    What’s even more interesting about the Pink large print eition is that the book itself is constructed differently– it’s a hardcover, but instead of plain covers and a dust jacket, the design is printed directly onto the cover. I’m dying to get my hands on a physical copy of “Ashford” large print so I can see if that’s done the same way.

    • Sheila on March 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Lauren, I am sure this is because large print editions are usually bought by libraries and they really need to be super sturdy

  5. Christine on March 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Like old school Nancy Drew? Interesting. I wonder why.

  6. Ashley on March 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I love the German cover for “Ashford”! The first time I ever read one of your books, I picked up the large-print copy of “Secret History of the Pink Carnation” because it was all my library had. I remember being surprised at the difference when I went to the store to buy my very own copy 🙂

    • Sheila on March 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Our old library is notorious for “not being a storehouse for books” (the librarian’s words , not mine). Often the large print edition is the only copy they have retained.

    • Sheila on March 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      My old library is where I was told by the librarian that it is not a storehouse for books. Oftenthe large print edition is the only one they keep.

      • Sheila on March 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        oops sorry for 2 posts, caught up by captcha!

  7. Julie H on March 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I love that German cover, but I think the regular US edition is still my favorite of the Ashford covers.

    Those large print editions are… very different indeed. 🙂

  8. HJ on March 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I like the German edition best. As to the differences between the normal and large print covers – bizarre. The large print ones are not nearly as nice, and they give a completely different feel.

    (Also gnashing my teeth to see that the UK edition isn’t out until 1st May. Grrrr!! Please do convey to your publishers how infuriating it is for us readers that the dates are different. Your promotion of your books is multinational – why on earth should we have to wait three more weeks? It encourages those of us who are impatient to buy second-hand copies of the US editions instead of brand new UK ones. That can’t be good for either authors or publishers.)

  9. Ashley on March 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I’m partial to images of old English houses so it’s a tie between the German and large print versions.

  10. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on March 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    The German cover is wunderbar! Reminds me of when Addie is sent to Ashford!

  11. Stef on March 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    why is madame du pompadour on the large print edition of pink?? a little early, no?

  12. Vanessa on March 15, 2013 at 2:20 am

    @ Stef: I was thinking the same thing too when I saw Madame du Pompadour!

    Also, the foreign edition covers are so lovely!

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