The Friday Face-Off: Don’t Use The Phone


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join me every Friday as I pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie


Welcome back to the Friday Face-Off! It’s been a while since I took part in this meme – thank you so much to those of you who kept it afloat – but I’m so glad to be back!

Where phones are concerned, there is literally only one book that came to mind. The signature edition of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Published by HarperCollins, I’m pitting this phoney cover against the beautiful Fontana/Collins edition from 1993. Take a look (at these somewhat lacking in crispness images) and see which one gets your vote.


HarperCollins – Cover #1

Fontana/Collins – Cover #2



| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

The HarperCollins edition is another example of their simple but eye-catching signature Christie style. The typeface and colours work brilliantly together and the phone – eerie shadow included – makes a bold and slightly sinister statement. By comparison, the Fontana/Collins cover goes for silhouetted detail in pink and black with their beautiful but dark image of a graveyard. This is the detail which at first glance made me lean towards the Fontana/Collins cover but, upon review, the striking HarperCollins cover won out for its bold imagery.

Which cover wins your vote this week? Have a cover of your own? – Post the link below!

Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads


Post LinksNext week’s theme is:

When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it…

A cover which features a plane

Remember to check The Friday Face-Off Feature Page for upcoming themes


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