Friday Face-Off: Pink

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“As pink as cotton candy”
~ any cover that is PINK

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

The US/UK covers to this series have always been very striking. Add some pink to it though, and they really stand out! Here’s a comparison of all the available covers:

From left to right:
Gollancz (2016)/DAW (2017) – Gollancz Paperback (2017)

German Edition (2017) – Czech Edition (2018)


I was all set to pick the classic pink Gollancz/DAW “map” cover for my favorite today, but that was before I discovered the Czech versions of this series. And if you actually get a chance to see the Czech editions for the previous books as well, they’re all so cute! Hate to say it, but I’m gonna have to go with the Johnny-come-lately this week, but it was a close one!

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

25 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Pink”

  1. I wondered if somebody would choose this one – it’s a series I should really start over and catch up with. I read and enjoyed the first one but then never got any further. Aaronovitch and Pratchett are two authors that I would like to get a little more to grips with.
    I love your choice, it is fun and funky.
    Lynn 😀


  2. I think the Czech cover is pretty – but I just love the London landscape and given that it’s such an integral part of the book, my vote is for the pretty pink version. And you’ve reminded me that I’ve fallen behind with this series – it’s one I had been following at the library – so I need to get up to date with it:).


    • I totally agree – it was a tough choice. I love the “map” covers for this series, I think they just fit so well with the series’ themes of genius loci and spirits of place, acknowledging the setting of London as a living, breathing system and almost like a character in its own right! The maps just give the covers so much personality!

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      • And that’s why I love them so much. There are a whole set of books where the backdrop is, essentially, another character and this is one of those series…


  3. I think it’s a tie between the pink one and the one you chose. That one has so many fun elements to notice!


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