‘Plastic’ Gets A New Look

Reading & Writing

‘Plastic’, my bleakly comic thriller due out in July, is about a shopaholic suburban housewife trapped in a lousy marriage. After discovering her husband’s infidelity with the flight attendant next door, June loses her home, her husband and her credit rating. But there’s a solution: a friend needs a caretaker for a spectacular London high-rise apartment. It’s just for the weekend, and there’ll be money to spend in a city with every temptation on offer.

Seizing the opportunity to escape, June moves in only to find that there’s no electricity and no phone. She must flat-sit until the security system comes back on. When a terrified girl breaks into the flat and June makes the mistake of asking the neighbours for help, she finds herself embroiled in an escalating nightmare, trying to prove that a murderer exists. For the next 24 hours she must survive on the streets without friends or money and solve an impossible crime…

plastic cover art mockup v2

The first cover for the book was intriguing but sort of ugly and medical, and not really very pickupable. It also failed to convey the double (actually triple) meaning of the title. The new cover is smarter and I think definitely has hoistability (warning: Not an actual word). Early reviews are pleasing, and I’ll be interviewed by bestselling author Joanne Harris about the book at Foyles on July 18th, when its strange genesis will be revealed…



7 comments on “‘Plastic’ Gets A New Look”

  1. snowy says:

    I much prefer the new cover, (shades of Edward McKnight Kauffer et al.)

    The original bothered me slightly for reasons I couldn’t quite place for a while. Then I worked it out, but the debate had moved on, and put it from my mind.

    There was nothing wrong with the colours/layout per se, but applying them as a wash to a photo realistic image of a face can trigger the ‘revulsion reflex’ and could inhibit people from even touching the book.

    A Grand Guignol cover is obviously overblown and can be a lurid as the imagination of the artist, and produce a frisson rather than disgust.

  2. Chris Mccall says:

    I love the cover… but I thought you might like what the Americentric website Buzzfeed thinks is great about the UK.

  3. stephen groves says:

    Hi Chris,
    Is ‘Plastic’ written in the first person perspective or the third?

    all best


  4. Helen Martin says:

    My husband took one look at the new cover & said #10 exacto blade – the first one you use in model building.

  5. Keith Ravenscroft says:

    Hi Chris,

    So nice finding you again. I think you mentioned this book to me way back in 2005? Or maybe that was something else. Great to see (about to become) available at last.
    Hope you are well too, it’s been awhile.

    All the best, Keith.

  6. Ralph Williams says:

    Hoistability should be a word!

    (I need lots of new words because the current ones never seem to come up when I play scrabble).

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