Edward Bettison

Edward Bettison – Designer

Graphic Design professional with over 20 years experience specialising in cover design and illustration.


With over 20 years experience working in the publishing industry, my aim is to get the the core of the brief and to deliver a cover that strikes the right chord with both the author and reader. I work in a range of styles and have the ability to work with both very 'open' briefs where ideas are key. My previous position was with Penguin Books UK as Deputy Art Director.
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Nature
Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
  • Beautiful Book Award Nominee 2019

Work experience


Apr, 2004 — Present

Running a creative consultancy specialising in Illustration, art direction, branding and advertising solutions for a broad range of companies in the UK, Europe and the US.

Penguin Books UK

Apr, 2000 — Apr, 2004 (about 4 years)

Designing book jackets, commissioning and art directing photo shoots.
Commissioning and art directing outside designers and illustrators.

Warner Music

Apr, 1997 — Apr, 2000 (about 3 years)

Designing record and CD sleeves, ad’s, point of sale and merchandising. Taking projects from initial concepts through to print. Working directly with bands, photographers, illustrators, printers, and label managers.
Writing and compiling treatments and concepts for photoshoots. Working on projects internationally for bands such as REM, Citizen King, Green Day and Madonna. Liaising directly with our American Burbank Office. Commissioning photographers and Illustrators, working with stylists, setting up and art directing shoots. Sourcing locations. Creating visuals, illustrations and typeface’s. Designing corporate ads to extremely tight deadlines. Purchasing stock photography. Keeping the studio up to date with software fonts and equipment.


Blackstone Fell

Martin Edwards

Rachel Savernake investigates a bizarre locked-room puzzle in this delicious Gothic mystery from the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger.1930. Nell Fagan is a journalist on the trail of a intriguing and bizarre mystery: in 1606, a man vanished from a locked gateh... read more
Small Pleasures

Clare Chambers

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021'A WORD-OF-MOUTH HIT' Evening Standard 'A very fine book... It's witty and sharp and reads like something by Barbara Pym or Anita Brookner, without ever feeling like a pastiche'David Nicholls'Perfect'India Knigh... read more
Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2022Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for October 2021Winner of the Honour Award for Fiction, KPMG Irish Children's Book Awards 2021'A magnificent, shadowy, gothic adventure full of heart' – Emma Carroll, author of... read more
Pádraig Kenny's The Shadows of Rookhaven is a story about family and forgiveness, the sequel to The Monsters of Rookhaven.Shadows are gathering over Rookhaven.It is the time of The Great Configuration, a once in a hundred years event. Family and monsters desce... read more
Birdy Flynn

Helen Donohoe

A potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by PRINTZ MEDAL winning and CARNEGIE MEDAL, COSTA BOOK AWARD and GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE shortlisted novelist, Marcus Sedgwick. Anapra is ... read more
Author: Will HermesHardbackPublication Date: 27/03/2014Pre-order your copy now and we will supply your order as soon as stock is availableLove Goes to Buildings on Fire by Will Hermes - Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever. "A must-read for any mu... read more
Take a journey to a vanished world with the ADVENTURES IN TIME series - stories so exciting you won't believe they're all true 'His mind was clear. It was time to go east. Time to march into Asia, to confront the Persians and to meet his destiny...'Alexander h... read more

Finbar Hawkins

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRANFORD BOASE AWARD NOMINATED FOR THE 2022 CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL Set in the 17th century, a breathtaking debut, and a potential prize-winner, about the power of women, witchcraft, fury, revenge and the ties that bind us. After witnessing th... read more
Mortmain Hall

Martin Edwards

A superb Golden Age mystery packed with twists, from the winner of the Diamond Dagger 2020 ENGLAND, 1930. Grieving widows are a familiar sight on London's Necropolis Railway. So when an elegant young woman in a black veil boards the funeral train, nobody guess... read more
'History as you've never seen it before.' Dan SnowIn this fascinating and original new book, Sam Willis and James Daybell lead us on a journey of discovery that tackles some of the greatest historical themes - from the Tudors to the Second World War, from the ... read more
A gripping mystery with a classic feel: And Then There Were None meets The Silent Companions.Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. A... read more
'A nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with Lethem's trademark verve and wit' Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground RailroadPhoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's... read more
We're not just losing the wild world. We're forgetting it. We're no longer noticing it. We've lost the habit of looking and seeing and listening and hearing. But we can make hidden things visible, and this book features 23 spellbinding ways to bring the magic ... read more
The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The classic, PULITZER PRIZE-winning novel that made Alice Walker a household name.Set in the deep American South between the wars, THE COLOR PURPLE is the classic tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man ... read more
The Foreshadowing

Marcus Sedgwick

The Librarian

Salley Vickers

"Quin's prose never falters; it's stunning." —The Paris ReviewThis new collection of rare and unpublished writing by the cult 1960s author explores the risks and seductions of going over the edge. The stories cut an alternative path across innovative twentieth... read more
When Elmore Leonard died in 2013, he left behind a 60-year legacy of crime novels, many of which have become modern classics. He also left behind a treasure trove of unpublished early stories. Largely written during his years as a copywriter at a Detroit adver... read more
The Stranger Inside

Jennifer Jaynes

In this tautly crafted tale of psychological suspense, a recently widowed mother resorts to the unthinkable to protect her shattered family. But does she go too far?After mystery author Diane Christie loses her husband to suicide, she and her son move to the s... read more
Learn how to make real, lasting changes in your lifeWe all have bad habits - whether it's a weakness for junk food, a smartphone addiction or a lack of exercise. But change is hard. Forty percent of dieters quit within a week. Eighty percent of New Year's reso... read more
Birdy Flynn

Helen Donohoe

Birdy is a complex, compelling creation by an author who has a wonderful feel for the untidiness of life ― for its haphazard kindnesses, its casual cruelties, its sometimes baffling conventions and codes. A terrific debut. ―Sarah Waters, award-winning author o... read more
Goodnight, Boy

Nikki Sheehan

A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy. The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells h... read more
The Winter Over

Matthew Iden

Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an oppor... read more
As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh... read more
'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday TimesDiscover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions. A Ghost in the Machine is the captivating seventh novel in the Midsomer Murders series s... read more
'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday TimesDiscover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions.A Place of Safety by prize-winning writer Caroline Graham is the sixth Midsomer Murders n... read more
'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday TimesDiscover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions. The compelling fifth novel in the Midsomer Murders series by Caroline Graham, starring D... read more
'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday TimesDiscover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions.The fourth novel in the Midsomer Murders series by award-winning writer Caroline Graham, ... read more
'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday TimesDiscover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions. Featuring Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and created by Caroline Graham, Death in Dis... read more
'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday TimesDiscover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions.Death of a Hollow Man is the second instalment in the Midsomer Murders series, featuring ... read more
'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday TimesNamed by the CWAs as one of 'The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time', The Killings at Badger's Drift is the first spectacular novel in the Midsomer Murders series by Caroline Graham, the no... read more
SS Obersturmführer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from the Russian front. After being badly wounded he is fit only for administrative duty and his first and most pressing task is to improve flagging camp morale. He sets up a chess club which thrives, as th... read more
When Disney shutdown production on Toy Story, how did Pixar save it? What turned sworn rivals into a winning Ryder Cup team? Why is the Stones' longevity down to Mick and Keith's rivalry? These are stories behind the world's greatest superteams. In seven fasci... read more
Wharton business school professor, G. Richard Shell, teaches you how to define your success personally in Success, Your Way. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life". (Steve Jobs). Everyone knows that you are supposed to 'follow you... read more

Marcus Sedgwick

Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar even when you've never been there before, or felt that you've known someone even though you are meeting them for the first time? In a novel comprising s... read more
The Incorruptibles

John Hornor Jacobs

In the gritty fantasy world of the Empire, life on the edges is hard—and the men must be harder in order to survive In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way up stream. Riding along the banks are ... read more
When a young man washes up, naked, on the sands of St Piran in Cornwall, he is quickly rescued by the villagers. From the retired village doctor and the schoolteacher, to the beachcomber and the owner of the local bar, the priest's wife and the romantic noveli... read more
What Every Parent Needs to Know is the bestselling, step-by-step guide to the new primary school curriculum from Toby Young and Miranda Bondy. What is your child learning each day in school? How can you tell if they are doing well or badly? And what can you do... read more

Edward has 5 reviews





A P.

A P.

Dec, 2023

Ed did a great eye catching cover that no one has failed to comment on. There was a small amount of confusion probably stemming from the fact that I am totally new to the publishing world and I'm still not exactly sure if I did things correctly. But he worked with me and explained things as needed. He gave me plenty of variations on the cover to choose from to narrow it down from and didn't rus...
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Haris Dimitriadis D.

Haris Dimitriadis D.

Sep, 2017

Thanks Ed for the astonishing book cover. It exceeds by far my expectations. Edward is a natural talent in arts. Not only he is a great designer but he is also endowed by creativity and intuition. You don’t need to give him any guidelines as to how you would like your book’s cover to look like. He does everything for you. He grasps the best suitable concept that reflects the content of it and...
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Adrian W.

Adrian W.

Sep, 2017

Excellent guy to work with. Before he did anything, Ed bought and read my book so that he had a clear idea of the tone and atmosphere of the story. This reflected incredibly well in his initial designs, which I would have easily used as they were. He's obviously passionate about what he does, because they just got better and better. Definitely would love to work with Ed again and recommend him ...
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Finian B.

Finian B.

Jun, 2017

Fantastic! From Ed's first message, which was full of enthusiasm for the project, to the end result, the whole process has been a joy. And the end result (proof arrive today) exceeds my wildest dreams. Thanks Ed!
Edward B.
great project
Steve F.

Steve F.

Feb, 2017

I decided to go with Edward for my cover design despite being slightly more expensive than his competitors, as I was impressed by the quality and breadth of his portfolio. I am pleased to say that my instincts were absolutely right. He has brought loads of ideas and enthusiasm to help shape my initial thoughts for my cover; he then came up with an interesting range of initial concepts - and the...
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Edward B.
great project

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