Nick Castle

Nick Castle - Designer

London, United Kingdom

I am a book cover designer with 20 years experience. I have designed everything from thrillers, crime books and illustrated womens fiction.

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Overview

Iam a freelance book cover designer with over ten years experience of working with most of the UK book publishers and many in the USA. I started at HarperCollins where I worked for 8 years and I went to Orion Books where I became art director. Since then I have built up Nick Castle Design to be a successful name and source of quality book cover design.

I have worked on many mass market fiction covers including titles by Robert Ludlum, Michael Dobbs and Michael Robotham. I have designed the covers for New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz since 2009 and I have also worked on a number of books by Nora Roberts. I have worked on many saga and Illustrated women's fiction titles and also worked in literary fiction designing for EL Doctorow and Iain Banks.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Classics
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Awards

  • D&AD AWARD

Work experience

SENIOR DESIGNER

Self-employed
April, 2012 – August, 2014 (over 2 years)

I worked in the Little Brown design department where I designed covers for a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles.

Senior designer

HarperCollins
June, 2011 – April, 2012 (10 months)

Portfolio (42 selected works)

Deep State

Chris Hauty

Blue Planet

O'Reilly, Jane

Untitled Mercy Thompson 12

Briggs, Patricia

The Nearness of You

Domingo, Sareeta

The Old Block: A Novel

Piper, Mark Scott

The Glass Ocean

Lori Baker

The Glass Ocean is a story of becoming. Flamehaired, six-foot-two in stocking feet, newly orphaned Carlotta Dell'oro recounts the lives of her parents - solitary glassmaker Leonardo Dell'oro and beautiful, unreachable Clotilde Girard - and discovers in their loves and losses, their omissions and obsessions, the circumstances of her abandonment and the weight of her inheritance. With a master a... read more

The Glass Ocean is a story of becoming. Flamehaired, six-foot-two in stocking feet, newly orphaned Carlotta Dell'oro recounts the lives of her parents - solitary glassmaker Leonardo Dell'oro and beautiful, unreachable Clotilde Girard - and discovers in their loves and losses, their omissions and obsessions, the circumstances of her abandonment and the weight of her inheritance. With a master a... read more

Sweetland

Michael Crummey

For twelve generations, the inhabitants of a remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, they are facing resettlement. They have each been offered a generous compensation package to leave the island for good. There’s just one proviso: everyone must go.Gradually, all of the residents surrender to the inevitable. All of the residents... read more

For twelve generations, the inhabitants of a remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, they are facing resettlement. They have each been offered a generous compensation package to leave the island for good. There’s just one proviso: everyone must go.Gradually, all of the residents surrender to the inevitable. All of the residents... read more

Who's Afraid?

Maria Lewis

Meet Tommi Grayson: she's all bark . . . and all bite'It was like my wolf had been there all along, waiting for me to tap its hand and step into the ring . . .'Tommi Grayson's never exactly been a normal girl. Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she's never come close to guessing who she really is . . . When her moth... read more

Meet Tommi Grayson: she's all bark . . . and all bite'It was like my wolf had been there all along, waiting for me to tap its hand and step into the ring . . .'Tommi Grayson's never exactly been a normal girl. Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she's never come close to guessing who she really is . . . When her moth... read more

When the War Is Over

Barbara Fox

Gwenda and Douglas Brady were among the millions of British children sent to live with new families for their own safety during the Second World War, leaving behind their parents, their friends and all that felt familiar and safe. Evacuation could be a scary experience, but five-year-old Gwenda and her brother were lucky enough to be housed with a kindly schoolmaster and his wife, and soon the... read more

Gwenda and Douglas Brady were among the millions of British children sent to live with new families for their own safety during the Second World War, leaving behind their parents, their friends and all that felt familiar and safe. Evacuation could be a scary experience, but five-year-old Gwenda and her brother were lucky enough to be housed with a kindly schoolmaster and his wife, and soon the... read more

The Collector of Lost Things

Jeremy Page

I felt the worlds of ocean and ice were meeting in a frontier of rage, as if the Earth had torn in two along this line.This was a place if there ever was a place, where you could disappear.The year is 1845 and young researcher Eliot Saxby is paid to go on an expedition to the Arctic in the hope of finding remains of the by now extinct Great Auk. He joins a regular hunting ship, but the crew an... read more

I felt the worlds of ocean and ice were meeting in a frontier of rage, as if the Earth had torn in two along this line.This was a place if there ever was a place, where you could disappear.The year is 1845 and young researcher Eliot Saxby is paid to go on an expedition to the Arctic in the hope of finding remains of the by now extinct Great Auk. He joins a regular hunting ship, but the crew an... read more

The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets

Adam Macqueen

Stored in Whitehall's archives are everything from blood-chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attack to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power. Concerned notes from ministers on the subject of the Heir to the Throne's potential brainwashing by Welsh terrorists are shelved alongside worries about housemaids 'on the wobble' at Chequers.Detailed and surprising plans for royal fu... read more

Stored in Whitehall's archives are everything from blood-chilling warnings of imminent nuclear attack to comical details of daily life in the corridors of power. Concerned notes from ministers on the subject of the Heir to the Throne's potential brainwashing by Welsh terrorists are shelved alongside worries about housemaids 'on the wobble' at Chequers.Detailed and surprising plans for royal fu... read more

The Missing Child: A completely gripping crime thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Rachel Prince Book 1)

Alison James

A LITTLE GIRL STOLEN. A WOMAN FOUND DEAD. WHO IS NEXT? Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter.Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth a... read more

A LITTLE GIRL STOLEN. A WOMAN FOUND DEAD. WHO IS NEXT? Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter.Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth a... read more

The Lost Child: A gripping detective thriller with a heart-stopping twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 3)

Patricia Gibney

‘WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK!!!! … From the very start to the last page you're hooked!' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars‘Let me out! Please ...’ My tiny fists pound the door, but my voice reverberates off the stone walls and hangs in the air as if suspended by spider’s webs. No one comes...Years later, a woman is found face-down in a pool of blood. Detective Lottie Parker is called to the remote farm... read more

‘WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK!!!! … From the very start to the last page you're hooked!' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars‘Let me out! Please ...’ My tiny fists pound the door, but my voice reverberates off the stone walls and hangs in the air as if suspended by spider’s webs. No one comes...Years later, a woman is found face-down in a pool of blood. Detective Lottie Parker is called to the remote farm... read more

Dying Day: Absolutely gripping serial killer fiction

Stephen Edger

Some mistakes you live with. Others you die for…When the body of a young woman is found in the boot of an abandoned car near the Southampton Docks, Detective Kate Matthews is ordered to stay well away from the scene.Exactly a year ago, Amy, a junior detective on Kate’s team, was murdered when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls. Kate never forgave herself for... read more

Some mistakes you live with. Others you die for…When the body of a young woman is found in the boot of an abandoned car near the Southampton Docks, Detective Kate Matthews is ordered to stay well away from the scene.Exactly a year ago, Amy, a junior detective on Kate’s team, was murdered when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls. Kate never forgave herself for... read more

by E.L. Doctorow Homer & Langley, A Novel [DECKLE EDGE] First Edition edition

E.L. Doctorow

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Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Promise Not To Tell

Jayne Ann Krentz

A broken promise reveals a terrifying legacy in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of When All the Girls Have Gone.A painter of fiery, nightmarish visions throws herself into the sea - but she leaves her secrets behind . . . Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire bu... read more

A broken promise reveals a terrifying legacy in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of When All the Girls Have Gone.A painter of fiery, nightmarish visions throws herself into the sea - but she leaves her secrets behind . . . Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire bu... read more

Private Scandals

Nora Roberts

Nick has 49 reviews

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David Aucsmith
Professional and easy to work with. Nick gave me an excellent book over in a timely manner. He was quick to answer questions. Highly recommended.

David Aucsmith, October 2021


BIANCA Sloane
Nick was great to work with. His designs exceeded my expectations and he made the process smooth and easy.

BIANCA Sloane, September 2021


Rafael Saul
Horrible experience. Extremely unprofessional. Awful communication. I would definitely not recommend working with him. I lost a month of my time. If anyone wants to contact me directly I don't have any problem explaining my experience in detail.

Rafael Saul, September 2021

Nick Castle
I am very sorry to hear that Rafael was so unhappy with our collaboration. As with every client, I do all I can to provide them with a strong cover they are happy with. As soon as Rafael informed m...
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Anne Mortensen
Fantastic results. The people who gave feedback were all wowed by the cover designed by Nick. His original, high-quality design has since caught the eye of anyone I’ve shown, and it perfectly conveys the tone of the book. Definitely, would like to work with Nick again on the next project.

Anne Mortensen, September 2021


Sarah Cornwell
Nick was great to work with. He provided exactly what I asked for, and then some. He was able to see beyond what I had envisioned for my cover, and I couldn't love it more. I would definitely work with him again in the future.

Sarah Cornwell, September 2021

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