What The? #11

An occasional series of book covers whose outlandish design evokes bafflement and confusion in equal measure.

The Stlll, Small Voice Of Trumpets by Lloyd Biggle Jr.
This version published in 1975 by Sphere
Cover artist is Patrick Woodroffe

This cover represents a seminal “What the?” moment. An army of crawling hands, their wrists becoming flowers which open to reveal another hand. Their leader is also rather delicately holding a tiny trumpet. I truly don’t know what to make of this cover or work out what was going through Patrick Woodroffe’s mind when he painted it?

WTF11 Biggle The Still Small Voice Of Trumpets


6 thoughts on “What The? #11

  1. Postcard Cafe 26/09/2014 / 2:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing yet another bonkers cover.
    I think Patrick Woodroffe was listening to some modern freestyle jazz while smoking a few too many of those jazz cigarettes… 🙂 I bet he started by painting the trumpet and suddenly realised the hand was to big and from there it went downhill…


    • unsubscriber 26/09/2014 / 3:04 pm

      That’s probably just what happened Mr C, you certainly have a very incisive take on proceedings here. Glad you enjoyed the cover.


  2. Joachim Boaz 27/09/2014 / 2:12 pm

    Biggle is definitely a wonky/bonkers author… I’m not convinced of his quality though.


    • unsubscriber 27/09/2014 / 2:37 pm

      I agree from the little I’ve read, I still haven’t the stomach to through this cover yet though…!


    • unsubscriber 30/09/2014 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks for the comment Nicholas. There’s a few more even stranger covers to come in the next few weeks!


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