Hazel Lam

Hazel Lam – Designer

I am an award winning freelance book designer with over ten years experience designing for fiction, non fiction and children’s book titles.


I am a Freelance Senior Book Designer with over ten years experience having previously worked in-house at Harpercollins Publishers Australia. I love working across all genres and have a range of experience designing covers and internals for fiction, non-fiction, illustrated books, YA and children's picture books. At the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards, I won Emerging Designer of the Year and in 2019, I won Book of the Year for my design for the cover of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. I adore working with authors to create a cover of their dreams and I am always up for a challenge!

Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences True Crime
Classics Mystery & Crime Picture Books Women's Fiction Young Adult
  • Emerging Designer of the Year (Australian Book Designer's Association)
  • 2019 Cover of the Year (Australian Book Designer's Association)

Work experience

HarperCollins Australia

Apr, 2013 — Present



Ayesha Inoon

Winner of the 2022 ASA/HQ Fiction Prize. A finely observed debut novel of a young Muslim woman's experience of immigration to Australia from Sri Lankan-Australian writer Ayesha Inoon. Zia secretly longs to go to university but as a young woman in a traditional... read more
An uplifting, powerful and inspiring book about breaking through fear and finding joy through creativity, from bestselling author, Holly Ringland. The House that Joy Built is about how to give ourselves permission to be creative. It explores two big forces: th... read more
‘A complex, harrowing look into the impacts on trauma on a community, written with the urgent pace of a thriller and peppered with moments of levity’ Vogue Australia 'An unforgettable debut, utterly compelling from start to finish. Original. Heartbreaking. Gri... read more
Without Further Ado

Dettmann, Jessica


Leah Swann

Emotional, powerful, unforgettable. From a stunning new literary talent, you won't be able to put down this novel about a mother's love for her children - it will break your heart. Ava and her two young sons, Max and Teddy, are driving to their new home in She... read more

Julia Baird

A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us even through the darkest time... read more
The Meaning Of Trees

Robert Vennell

The history and use of New Zealand's native plants A guide and gift book in equal measure, this treasure of a book pays homage to New Zealand's native plant species. The Meaning of Trees tells the story of plants and people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Beautifully... read more
How to take action on climate change in your everyday life When it came to climate change, Natalie Isaacs used to think it was someone else's issue. After all, what can one person do to make a difference? Then she cut her electricity bill by 20 per cent and sa... read more
Leading Lines

Lucinda Holdforth

How to make speeches that seize the moment, advance your cause and lead the way. 'Exhilarating, illuminating, and absolutely captivating, this book made me want to rush out and give a thousand speeches!' Charlotte Wood, author of The Natural Way of ThingsFor t... read more
How to Be Second Best

Jessica Dettmann

A hilarious and heart-warming debut that captures the dramas, delights and delirium of modern parenting. This is Marian Keyes meets Allison Pearson, with a dash of Caitlin Moran. Going from one child to two is never all that easy for a family, but when Emma's ... read more
The Power Of Hope

Kon Karapanagiotidis

A powerful, inspiring memoir from Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our world. 'I hope you take from this book... read more
He's the world's vaguest novelist. She's a shy and unusual child. Together, they're travelling the world, one book a time.'QUITE SIMPLY THE BEST SORT OF READING PLEASURE FROM THE FIRST PAGE TO THE LAST'- Raven's Parlour Bookstore For the first ten years of Fre... read more
Olive of Groves

Katrina Nannestad

Shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Awards, this bookseller favourite is now in paperback! Olive has always dreamed of attending boarding school, but Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers is not what she expected. To te... read more
'I'm okay!' The bestselling author of The Anti-Cool Girl returns with a devastating, heartbreaking, brilliant, brave and laugh-out-loud funny memoir of telling lies and being on the brink... 'I had made it! All my dreams had come true. I had an operating fridg... read more
Hello Little Babies

Alison Lester

From the bestselling author of KISSED BY THE MOON and IMAGINE comes a book to be cherished by children and parents everywhere. Hello little babiesWelcome to the world From the precious early days of a baby's life to those first tentative steps, so much changes... read more
In Wormwood Mire, award-winning author Judith Rossell introduced us to the lessons of fictitious Victorian writer Prudence A Goodchild ... Now the book comes to life as the perfect gift for any Stella Montgomery fan. Children,listen and take heed,As this littl... read more
WINNER ABIA BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR YOUNGER READERS'Fans of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events will eat up Withering-by-Sea'- Shelf Awareness High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the wall... read more
Four years before the inaugural Tour de France, four cyclists known as 'Overlanders' set out on a race around Australia. On 24 November 1896 a wiry and wily bushman named Arthur Richardson left Coolgardie for Adelaide by bicycle. Carrying only a small kit and ... read more
'FUNNY, ENTERTAINING AND ENGAGING ... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED'- Susan Whelan, Kids' Book Review New job. New boyfriend. New me.Things are looking up for Josie Browning. Her boyfriend, James, is crazy about her, and she's scored a writing job at indi. Now the pressu... read more
WINNER OF THE 2015 GOLD INKY AWARD'If you loved The Devil Wears Prada, you'll dive right into The Intern.'- Lauren Sams, author of Crazy, Busy, Guilty and She's Having Her Baby Josie Browning dreams of having it all. A perfect academic record, an amazing journ... read more
'TENDER AND TOUGH, THIS GORGEOUS STORY OF LOVE, LOSS AND FRIENDSHIP WILL PULL YOU IN HEART-FIRST.'- Fiona Wood, award-winning author of Wildlife and Cloudwish Milo was a discoloured memory with blurred edges and a washed-out palette. Yet five minutes with him ... read more
Breaking Ranks

James McNeish

Three distinct stories about three distinct men, but with one thing in common - they all paid the price for standing up for what they believed. From a great writer, three great stories about conscience and consequence. This is the story of three men - a doctor... read more
How one woman turned her life upside down to help those who needed it most - half a world away. Every orphan comes with a story. Every journalist has a story that stays with them. And everyone has the power to make a difference. From rural Queensland to rural ... read more
A wholly charming, sweetly funny story of one young good-hearted Italian man. It's about life, bicycles, the joy of the journey and the simple beauty of a life well-lived. 'Witty, moving and profound, this is the most enjoyable story I have read this year; a b... read more
The Force

Don Winslow

'Probably the best cop novel ever written' Lee Child Don Winslow, the acclaimed author of the bestsellers The Cartel and The Power of the Dog, delivers a cinematic epic as explosive and unforgettable as Mystic River and The Wire. 'The Force is mesmerizing, a t... read more
In this vibrant look at Australian cultural icons, A is for Adam Goodes, B is for Bob Hawke and C is for Cathy Freeman. Forget Alpha, Bravo, Charlie ...Meet the ultimate A to Z of amazing Aussies who make thiscountry legendary.Sometimes irreverent, always char... read more
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE PRIME MINISTER? The Prime Minister's job is to make our country as good as it can be. But every Prime Minister Australia has ever had has been a grown-up! What if the grown-ups weren't in charge? What would kids do if they ran the... read more
P is for Pearl

Eliza Henry Jones

'A POIGNANT READ BURSTING WITH HEARTACHE, GRIEF AND SMALL-TOWN FAMILY SECRETS THAT WILL DRAW YOU IN UNTIL THE FINAL PAGE'- Gabrielle Tozer, award-winning author of The Intern, Faking It and Remind Me How This Ends Seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn P. Pearson has be... read more
'Sophisticated and sexy, I love Sunni Overend's books' Maggie AldersonAll's fair in love and couture ... Fashion and love collide in the stylish new novel from the author of The Dangers of Truffle Hunting. Disgraced fashion prodigy Apple March has gone into hi... read more
True desires will be unearthed ... For readers of Zoe Foster-Blake, Candace Bushnell and Gourmet Traveller, a delightful sexy story that spans the Australian wine country, the French provinces and hip bars of Melbourne. Is life too short to play it safe?Kit Go... read more

Hazel has 10 reviews





Eduardo R.

Eduardo R.

Jan, 2024

It did not work out in the end but she is talented
Skyeris A.

Skyeris A.

Nov, 2023

Hazel is a wonderful cover designer. I had a clear concept in mind for the book cover, but no capacity to create it. Hazel did an amazing job rendering it, then refining according to my feedback. Her additions were beautiful things I would never have imagined. The cover is better than I thought was possible and everyone who's seen it has commented on the design. This is my first book, and she w...
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Selena S.

Selena S.

Nov, 2020

This was my second collaboration with Hazel, and she went above and beyond, as she always does. Her turn-around time was amazingly quick and her communication was fantastic. I'm looking forward to working with Hazel again in the future.
Selena S.

Selena S.

Jun, 2020

I very much enjoyed working with Hazel on my cover project. She absolutely nailed the cover first time. I'm looking forward to working with her on future books.
MaryAnn C.

MaryAnn C.

Apr, 2020

Hazel is talented and lovely but we decided not to work together on this particular project.

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