The Friday Face-Off: Hubble Bubble


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. Check out Lynn’s-Books for upcoming themes!


Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off where this week we’re comparing covers featuring potions!

And if we’re talking potions, there is only ever one set of books I would want to include: The Witches of Lancre sub-series from the Discworld universe. Fortunately, this series features covers with cauldrons, broomsticks, pumpkins and witches aplenty!

This week’s offerings are the Corgi 2012 cover with classic artwork by Josh Kirby and the Gollancz Collector’s Library edition with artwork by Joe McLaren. Take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Corgi 2012 | Cover #1

Josh Kirby

Gollancz 2014 | Cover #2

Joe McLaren


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

Josh Kirby’s artwork is stunning and his cover for Wyrd Sisters is no exception. As ever, this cover displays a cacophony of interconnecting people, places, objects, animals and elements in a riot of colours. I love the swirling fog, the typeface and the bats in the aquamarine, and I will never stop enjoying the feeling of getting lost in one of these covers.

But the Gollancz Collector’s Library editions are something else. There is nothing I would love more than every single edition of this collection sitting happily on my bookshelves; fabric hardback covers in bright colours with beautiful illustrations staring down at me.  I love the spindly trees, the bright moon and the gaggle of witches around the cauldron. I love the elongated shadows, the crackling flames and the looping handwriting. As much as I admire Josh Kirby’s artwork, I just adore these covers!

The Witches of Lancre Gollancz Collector’s Library Editions

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

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Next week’s theme is:

The Road Goes Ever On and On

A cover featuring a dark road

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40 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: Hubble Bubble

  1. Hi there! Jippie Yea! Kindred spirits here…! I still haven’t read Wyrd sisters, but it’s been on my TBR list for such a long time. But my mind went the same way as yours. I’ve picked Macbeth for this week’s Friday Face-off.

    Your chosen cover is definitely the nicest one. Great choice!

    Here’s my Week Book Friends

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  2. Lol… I HATE the Gollancz covers:)). Always have. It’s Josh Kirby all the way for me – but then most of the books I own have those covers and Pratchett’s books are surrounded by such strong, happy memories for me, including my courtship with Himself – so my opinion cannot count as one that is remotely rational:).

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            1. We waited in the pouring rain in Worthing and people kept coming up to ask those of us in the queue who we were waiting for. And I was flabberghasted how many didn’t have a clue who he was!

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  3. So glad you chose these. I love the Gollancz covers too and have started to collect them, but since I started out getting the Witches books in the Corgi covers, I’ve stuck with those for this subseries but it’s Gollancz for the others. Still, I love Kirby’s illustrations for the Corgi covers so it’s been a headache deciding what to get. I’d love to collect both types. Kirby’s illustrations fit the vibe of the stories, I think, but McLaren’s covers are really pleasing. I love the colors used and how the spines i have so far look on my shelves.

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    1. That’s just it, I really love Kirby’s artwork – it just lives and breaths Discworld and Pratchett – but there is something quite special about fabric hardcovers with beautiful illustrations that gets me every time! 😍

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  4. I love Terry Pratchett, I love Discworld, I love the Witches, and I LOVE Josh Kirby’s artwork, and for me, that is all that should be on a Discworld cover! One of my major hobbies is rooting through charity and second-hand bookshops looking for the Kirby covers to get a full set. 😅

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  5. Pratchett is taking over in this house! 😂 My OH LOVES all his stuff! I’ve read The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents and Mort. Both brilliant, and both with fabulous cover art. Great blogpost, I really enjoyed it! ☺️

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