5 July 2011 2 Comments


My historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA is already out in the UK. The US edition will be released in November by HarperCollins. This is the wonderful cover Harper has produced for the book. The action of the novel takes place in December 1791. Anyone who’s been to Vienna in December will know that the snow in the cover photo is rather appropriate. As is the appearance of a woman. My narrator is Nannerl Mozart, the great composer’s sister, who comes to Vienna to find out what really happened to her brother, who died earlier in the month at the age of 35.

2 Responses to “MOZART’S LAST ARIA: The US cover”

  1. Ellis Shuman 6 July 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    How much say, if any, did you have in the cover design?

  2. Matt Beynon Rees 6 July 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    The cover of a book is a bit of a balancing act for a writer, Ellis. On the one hand, you can reject the first cover, and maybe the second one. But after that you might start to look hard to please…and that’s probably not good. In this case, my US publisher came up with a first cover that I felt lacked a little in drama, though it had many good qualities. So I made a few suggestions, and they came back with this image, which I like very much. One of the things I always try to think of is: were this sitting in a pile on a table at a bookshop, would it jump out of the covers around it. That leads me to think a great deal about the richness of color. It’s the best element of this, that gorgeous blue. But I also like the motion in the skirts, which creates some drama.

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