Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

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

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

…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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Mary Quinn, Master Spy!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

That’s how the German series title translates into English. And here are the German covers from publisher Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (DTV). Here’s the preliminary version I first saw a few months ago.

MQ Meisterspionin 2

I thought that was it. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I got something completely new:

MQ Meisterspionin final

And I like this version so much more. What do you think?

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