For once in my life, I am part of the zeitgeist

…in a bookish way, of course. As you probably know, Hilary Mantel is now the first woman to win the Booker prize twice. And she’s done it with linked works of historical fiction! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know how much I adore Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and you know how thrilled I am.

I’m also excited on a more personal level, because of a small package that arrived in yesterday’s mail, containing this:


This is the German paperback edition of A Spy in the House, which will be published on November 1, 2012. Isn’t it lovely? It’s entirely different from the hardcover:

And I prefer it. It’s clean, dramatic, a bit younger-looking, and it reminds me in the happiest possible way of Stephanie Burgis’s delightful UK covers for her Kat, Incorrigible series. I’m so grateful to my German publisher, DTV, for this exquisite re-imagining! The Agency series is called Mary Quinn, Meisterspionin in German, and DTV have also created a wonderful mini-site,, to go with it!

What do you think? And do you have a favourite cover?


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5 Responses to “For once in my life, I am part of the zeitgeist”

  1. OK, you are not going to be shocked by this 😉 – but I LOVE LOVE LOVE that new German cover! It is ADORABLE and it would make me want to snap it up ASAP!

    Hooray for girls with active silhouettes! And I *love* that ribbony effect in the top righthand corner.

  2. MelodyJ says:

    I like all the covers .My number ones will always be the US/Canada covers The new German cover is pretty. It always amazes me how each artist from each different country has totally different vision for the exact same thing. More often than not the viewer perfer to ones from their part of the world.

  3. Ying says:

    Thank you, Melody! You’re absolutely right about publishers knowing their markets. I always marvel at how beautifully diverse the covers are, too.

  4. Fog says:

    I am a disappointed that the model does on the German cover does not look a bit mixed race. Are you?

  5. Ying says:

    Fog, in my experience, mixed-race people vary enormously in how they look. I think the model looks plausibly mixed, but she doesn’t look like my mental image of Mary Quinn. What does your MQ look like?

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