One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Penguin Design Award

  • Boisterous, ribald and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the seminal novel of the 1960s and has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned.

    The brief was to design a new cover for a new generation of readers, avoiding the obvious clichés and steering clear of the film promotional graphics. Originality is key.

    The character Randle McMurphy enters the ward and immediately creates up roar and has complete disregard for the rules. My cover represents this idea of opposing the rules and goes against the rules of the book cover and the process in which you engage with it. As well as the cover my idea is to have the entire book the wrong way round reading pages from right to left to represent McMurpy’s extreme rebellious nature against the rules which in the end leads to his down fall.