The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Can you judge a book by its cover?


Working on the assumption that we all judge a book by its cover, what do you think of this as inspiration for the front of The Prince of Tricksters? Because clearly obsessing with colorways and aesthetics is a more pressing task than cutting 28,000 words…


7 comments on “Can you judge a book by its cover?

  1. jbailey2013
    January 20, 2015

    Like it a lot!

  2. The Trickster Prince
    January 20, 2015

    Thanks Joanne! I’m really keen on it — just hope I can convince publishers now!

  3. menysnoweballes
    January 20, 2015

    That’s quite an enticing image! 🙂 It took me AGES to find an image for my cover (pic over here – It’s interesting, isn’t it, that in academic publishing it’s far more common for authors to take the lead on cover images. I don’t think anyone I know who’s published fiction had similar levels of input!

  4. The Trickster Prince
    January 20, 2015

    Great image! With Queer London I suggested a cover image that caught the kind of mood I was going for with the book — Piccadilly Circus at night; neon advertising; shadowy figures; fog. The designed ran with the mood but came up with a photograph which was way more effective than my suggestion.

    I really like the mystery of this one — the way that it’s not quite clear who the trickster is. Given that the book is all about the elusive nature of our historical subjects I also wanted something that was more overtly ‘fictive’ than a mugshot or photograph of Netley Lucas.

  5. conviction19c
    January 20, 2015

    Love the image! Wonder if text will confuse & detract from Trickster Prince title but perhaps your name & title could appear instead of Netley’s? that way you get one up on him!

  6. The Trickster Prince
    January 20, 2015

    That’s what I was thinking — sneak the book title and my name in there instead of his. I am the Trickster Prince after all…

  7. cacophonicSerenades
    January 20, 2015

    An interesting image!
    I’d like to which one of the three men in the image would be “The Trickster Prince’ ??

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