During a stop at Dublin’s Hodges Figgis, I was struck by two things as an American reader. One: most U.K. paperbacks have cheap binding. Two: the covers of most books on the other side of the Atlantic differ drastically from what we see in the States. With the exception of Penguin Classics and a few other publishers that are in both markets, a trip through a U.K. bookstore is an altogether different experience.
Here are 10 books, U.K. on the left and U.S. on the right. Which do you prefer?
1. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
3. Under the Dome by Stephen King
4. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
5. Astray by Emma Donoghue
6. Capital by John Lanchester
7. Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis
8. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
9. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
10. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene