The Dark Island
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Benjamin's remarkable narrative reveals a little-known aspect of New Zealand’s past, the history of Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand's leper colony.
The cover features a historical photograph of the island, cropped and isolated on the page. White space is used to suggest isolation, and the clinical white a bleaching of history redressed by this book, which sheds light on the treatment of some of society’s most marginal, unfortunate and isolated people.
Zuzana Licko for was used for a spiky, 'gothic' evocation both on the cover and for titles inside, with Klim's for body and for other elements.