The Dark Island

In printing: September 2019

A book cover and internal system for Benjamin Kingsbury's The Dark Island for Bridget Williams Books.

The cover features a historical photograph of Quail Island, New Zealand's leprosy colony from 1906 to 1925. The type, set in Zuzana Licko's Matrix II has a spiky, slightly gothic air. White space is used to suggest isolation, and the clinical white a bleaching of history redressed by this book, which is a remarkable narrative revealing a little-known aspect of New Zealand’s past, shedding light on the treatment of some of society’s most marginal, unfortunate and isolated people.   

 

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