I’m not usually a big fan of repackaging books—it tends to happen a lot these days, and I think the noise can distract from new fiction. However, there are exceptions: I liked the recent (and ongoing) series of Atlantic Crime Classics, and the new Magnum Collection from Penguin, published today, also seems to be a good-looking little set.
The collection currently consists of six titles (more to come?), illustrated using “rare and unseen” images from the Magnum photo archives. The jacket images are nicely chosen, and the book titles are on a peelable sticker, prompting the question: peel the sticker for the purity of the image, or leave it to maintain the integrity of the overall design? Of course, you could also leave the cover alone altogether, and just read the book. The titles are for the most part interesting choices, intended to fit in with the masculine image of Magnum—this series isn’t aimed at the chicklit market.
The six titles are:
- The Man on the Moon – Andrew Chalkin
- Hell’s Angels – Hunter S Thompson
- The Fight – Norman Mailer
- In Cold Blood – Truman Captoe
- Hiroshima – John Hersey
- Hellfire – Nick Tosches
At around a tenner, these editions aren’t too cheap, but presumably they’re printed on nice stock, to match the quality and show off the photographs. I’m tempted to pick up one or two myself and have a look…