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IMPORTANT NEWS!! Because this page is getting a bit overwhelmed with book club editions, I have started a new feature listing “special” editions (including stencilled and sprayed page edges, collector’s editions, etc).

Please visit the new page and let me know which you prefer in the comments because I’ll probably only keep one of them updated going forward ツ


An illustrated list of books with uniquely painted, stencilled and sprayed edges

This page includes an illustrated list of published books with interesting fore-edge treatments, including unique designs on sprayed page edges, painted edges and decorative stenciled edges. I started keeping track actively around about 2017 when they started taking off, but I have also been backfilling earlier years as I come across them. Many of the books go quickly out of print, or are only made available through subscription book clubs, but if you’re a collector, it’s fun to know what is out there so you can keep an eye out for them ツ 

Of course, I do include up-coming preorders and publicly available special editions in the list as well, so please bookmark this page or subscribe if you’re interesting in adding some of these beauties to your own collection! The list below has preorders and most recent publications at the top, and publications from 2019 and earlier are on a separate page.

List last updated 6 Sep 2021.


Custom Stencilled Edges

In addition to the publisher’s exclusives and book club editions listed on this page, there are also several artists who also offer custom stencilled edges, and/or do very small runs of their own limited designs. Most of these make their books available via Etsy (although be careful of those offering “painted” rather than sprayed edges as these may stick).

Some of the artists I think are doing the nicest work at the moment include:


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2022

A Terrible Kindness [Waterstones Exclusive] by Jo Browning Wroe
Jan 20, 2022

Nineteen-year-old William’s decision to volunteer at the tragic scene of the 1966 Aberfan landslide transforms his life forever.

Yellow sprayed page edges with falling leaves stencilled on the page edges. 

2021

Ready Player Two (Ready Player One #2) by Ernest Cline [Waterstones exclusive]
Nov 2021

Jamie and Claire are engulfed by the American War of Independence .

Waterstones exclusive paperback edition exclusive endpapers and player icons stencilled on blue sprayed page edges.

Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone (Outlander #9) by Diana Gabaldon [Waterstones exclusive]
Nov 2021

Jamie and Claire are engulfed by the American War of Independence .

Waterstones exclusive edition with gold bee sprayed page edges, gold foil bee endpapers and a gold ribbon (picture coming soon).

Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) by Kerri Maniscalco [FairyLoot exclusive]
Nov 2021

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

FairyLoot exclusive edition with black sprayed page edges featuring a decorative white floral design stencilled on the edges.

The Gilded Cage (Prison Healer #2) by Lynette Noni [FairyLoot exclusive]
Oct 2021

As Kiva settles into her new life in the capital, she discovers she wasn’t the only one who suffered while she was in Zalindov — her siblings and their beliefs have changed, too. Soon it’s not just her enemies she’s keeping secrets from, but her own family as well.

FairyLoot exclusive edition with a green stencilled dagger and flowers.

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza [Waterstones exclusive]
Oct 2021

Focuses on the aftermath of the shooting of a Black teenager and the effect it has on two close friends, forced to confront their differences for the first time.

Waterstones exclusive edition with alternate cover and ombre sprayed page edges.

Midnight in Everwood [Waterstones Exclusive] by M. A. Kuzniar
Oct 2021

A gothic twist on the story of the Nutcracker.

Navy sprayed page edges with blue tree trunks stencilled on the page edges. 

Windswept and Interesting [Waterstones Exclusive] by Billy Connolly
Oct 2021

A full-length memoir.

Exclusive Edition which has stencilled edges with Billy’s signature plus hand drawn endpapers by Billy and pink foil embossing on the hardback case. 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
Oct 2021

Fantasy/magical realism about a girl who lives forever at the cost of being forgotten by everyone she meets.

Special illustrated anniversary edition. Silver sprayed page edges with forget-me-nots stencilled on the page edges. UK first printings are also signed.

The Haunting Season, various authors
Oct 2021

A wintry collection of ghostly and gothic tales, with spine-chilling stories from eight bestselling authors: Bridget Collins, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Elizabeth Macneal, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurle, Jess Kidd, Natasha Pulley and Laura Purcell.

Gold vines stencilled on the page edges.

The Lord of the Rings, illustrated edition by J.R.R. Tolkien
Oct 2021

A new hardcover edition illustrated with the art created by Tolkien himself as he envisioned Middle-earth.

Red sprayed page edges with white Elvish script stencilled on red page edges.

Dark Artifices Set by Cassandra Clare [FairyLoot exclusive]
Oct 2021

Includes Lady MidnightLord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness.

FairyLoot exclusive edition with  Shadowhunter runes in black against sprayed edge colours that match the covers.

The Last Graduate (Deadly Education #2) by Naomi Novik [Waterstones exclusive]
Sep 2021

Fantasy. El finds herself in even more danger from the dark school of magic as graduation looms and few will make it out alive.

Green stencilled page edges with lock, key and stars.

Frostheart: Rise of the World Eater (Frostheart #3) by Jamie Littler [Waterstones exclusive]
Sep 2021

Middle grade fantasy. A terrifying Devourer is unleashed from its imprisonment and Ash is faced with his biggest challenge yet.

Paperback with decorative designs on red sprayed page edges.

Belonging by Alun Wyn Jones [Independent bookshop edition]
Sep 2021

Biography. Alun Wyn Jones is the most capped rugby player of all time.

Signed, limited independent bookstore edition with patterned red sprayed page edges and exclusive endpapers with list of caps.

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber [Goldsboro exclusive]
Sep 2021

When Evangeline learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, she bargains with the Prince of Hearts for his help to stop the wedding.

Goldsboro exclusive edition with pink sprayed page edges and a floral pattern stencilled on the side.

Grimwood by Nadia Shireen [Waterstones exclusive]
Sep 2021

Middle grade. Two runaway foxes and a ferocious street-cat called Princess Buttons find a wild wood packed full of weird animal characters.

Waterstones exclusive edition with blue sprayed page edges featuring googly eyes stencilled on the side.

Tenderness by Alison Macleod [Goldsboro exclusive]
Sep 2021

The story of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the society that put it on trial.

Goldsboro September Prem1er edition with red sprayed page edges and stencilled writing.

Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks [Waterstones exclusive]
Sep 2021

Set in Vienna during the First World War and in the looming shadow of the rise of Fascism, a small group struggles to come to terms with the destruction of an old world and the terrifying new shape of its successor.

Waterstones exclusive edition with blue and green ombre sprayed page edges.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern [Illumicrate exclusive]
Sep 2021

A fantasy fairy tale set in a wandering magical circus.

Illumicrate exclusive edition with black circus stripes stencilled on the side.

Freckles by Cecelia Ahern [Waterstones exclusive HB, Kenny’s PB]
Sep 2021

A life-affirming novel about kinship, connection and finding the people through whom you find yourself.

Waterstones exclusive HB edition with coloured spotty ‘freckles’ stencilled on the side; Kenny’s PB editions with freckle stencils.

Dragon City (Dragon Realm #3) by Katie & Kevin Tsang Ahern [Waterstones exclusive]
Sep 2021

After losing contact with their dragons, Billy and his friends are determined to track them down in the alternate reality Dragon City, even if it means putting their own lives at risk.

Waterstones exclusive edition with green dragonscales stencilled on the side.

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki [Waterstones exclusive]
Sep 2021

As everyday objects start talking to fourteen-year-old Benny in the wake of a family bereavement, he seeks refuge in a library populated by unforgettable characters.

Waterstones exclusive edition with alphabet characters and stars stencilled on black sprayed page edges along the side.

The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club #2) by Richard Osman [Waterstones exclusive]
Sep 2021

Our ageing heroes are enmeshed in an underworld escapade involving stolen diamonds and vicious gangsters.

Waterstones exclusive edition with black foxes stencilled on the side.

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe [Illumicrate exclusive]
Aug 2021

Graphic novel. Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love – witness what the gods do after dark.

Illumicrate exclusive edition with ombre blue and pink edges, foiled cover and bound-in author letter.

Too Many Reasons to Live by Rob Burrow [Independent bookstore edition]
Aug 2021

Memoir. Rugby league legend Rob Burrow writes about his extraordinary career and his battle with motor neurone disease.

Independent bookshop exclusive edition, limited to 1000 numbered copies with yellow number 7s stencilled on blue sprayed page edges.

The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy by Richard Pickard [Waterstones exclusive]
Aug 2021

Middle grade. When Marina discovers a boy with a head of tentacles and crab claws for hands, she resolves to help him unravel the mystery of his past.

Waterstones exclusive edition with yellow sprayed page edges and blue stencilled tentacles on one side.

The Hand of the Sun King by JT Greathouse [Goldsboro exclusive]
Aug 2021

Wen Alder, aka Foolish Cur, is torn between two names, two loyalties, and two definitions of good and evil.

Goldsboro GSFF exclusive edition with white landscape scene stencilled on blue sprayed page edges.

The Desert Prince by Peter V Brett [Broken Binding exclusive]
Aug 2021

Fifteen years have passed since the end of the war with demons, Olive Paper and Darin Bales have grown up in this new, peaceful world. Demons have all but been destroyed, but dangers still lurk for the children of heroes.

Broken Binding exclusive edition with pattern stencilled on the page edges.

A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris [Waterstones exclusive]
Aug 2021

A whodunnit set in St Oswald’s Grammar School.

Waterstones exclusive edition with green ivy stencilled on the page edges.

Mrs March by Virginia Feito [Goldsboro exclusive]
Aug 2021

A wealthy housewife loses her grip on reality.

Goldsboro Prem1er edition with cockroaches stencilled on orange sprayed page edges.

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa [FairyLoot exclusive]
Aug 2021

Infamous prankster Puck stands with allies new and old to save Faery and the world.

FairyLoot edition with white ravens on yellow sprayed page edges.

Raybearer and Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko [Illumicrate exclusive]
Aug 2021

West-African inspired YA fantasy duology.

Illumicrate stand-alone box edition with orange and blue ombre sprayed page edges.

The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath by Ian Green [Goldsboro exclusive]
Jul 2021

Fantasy adventure featuring General Floré on a quest to save her abducted daughter.

Goldsboro GSFF edition with lightning stencilled on black sprayed page edges.

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave [Waterstones exclusive]
Jul 2021

An atmospheric tale of self-sufficient womanhood and sexual suspicion in a tight-knit island community during the seventeenth century.

Waterstones exclusive paperback edition with flowers stencilled on orange sprayed page edges.

Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) by Rainbow Rowell [Waterstones exclusive]
Jul 2021

The gang are back in England and contemplating friendship, the future and the end of the world.

Waterstones exclusive edition with decorative sprayed page edges.

Yours Cheerfully (Dear Mrs Bird #2) by AJ Pearce [Waterstones exclusive]
Jun 2021

Following the departure of the formidable Editor, Henrietta Bird, from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake as she takes on the challenge of becoming a young wartime advice columnist.

Waterstones exclusive edition with stencilled typewriters on pink sprayed page edges.

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart [FairyLoot exclusive]
Jun 2021

Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy

FairyLoot exclusive edition with a green patterned stencilled page edges.

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni [FairyLoot exclusive]
Jun 2021

Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

FairyLoot exclusive edition with a stencilled keyhole and purple sprayed page edges.

Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa [Goldsboro exclusive]
Jun 2021

Set in a world inspired by pre-Colonial West African empires, Son of the Storm takes us to the city of Bassa, a city at the height of civilisation and empire. There is nothing of value outside its walls – that’s why immigrants are sworn to secrecy about the outside world.

Goldsboro SFF exclusive hardback edition with black & white sprayed page edges.

Blackout by Various Authors [Waterstones exclusive]
Jun 2021

A celebration of Black love, with stories by six of the biggest voices in YA. 

Waterstones exclusive paperback edition with purple sprayed page edges featuring a black cityscape stencilled on the side.

Still Life by Sarah Winman [Waterstones exclusive]
Jun 2021

An unlikely friendship springs up between a British soldier and an alleged spy in a wartime Tuscany ripe with colour and the ghosts of the past.

Waterstones exclusive edition with blue sprayed page edges featuring a decorative pattern stencilled on the side.

The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson [Goldsboro exclusive]
Jun 2021

A young woman seeks a new start in a secluded village where a small community is desperate to protect its secrets.

Goldsboro Prem1er edition with watery stencilled edges on the side.

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni [FairyLoot exclusive]
May 2021

Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

FairyLoot exclusive edition with a stencilled keyhole and purple sprayed page edges.

The Blood of Stars Duology by Elizabeth Lim [FairyLoot Exclusive]
May 2021

Includes two volumes, Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk.

FairyLoot exclusive covers (with hidden artwork on the back of the dust jacket) with pink stars and moons stencilled on the page edges.

The Yearbook by Holly Bourne [Waterstones Exclusive]
May 2021

A sassy high school drama in which the editor of the yearbook serves up some incendiary truths about the school’s mean girls.

Waterstones exclusive paperback edition with decorative sprayed and stencilled stencilled page edges.

Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Andersen [Waterstones Exclusive]
May 2021

A new series introduces Ray Grey whose transformation into the magical Rainbow heralds some endearingly comic adventures.

Waterstones exclusive paperback edition with black sprayed page edges featuring rainbow stencilled page edges.

Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal [Independent Signed Limited Edition]
May 2021

A tale of gothic Victoriana centred upon a girl who is kidnapped only to be thrust into the world of the circus.

Signed independent bookshop edition with black sprayed page edges featuring floral stencilled page edges.

Sixteen Horses by Greg Buchanan [Goldsboro exclusive]
May 2021

A forensic veterinarian is trapped in a fading seaside town as a series of gruesome mutilations bring buried secrets to light.

Goldsboro Prem1er edition with orange sprayed page edges featuring grey stencilled horse heads on the side.

Threadneedle by Cari Thomas [Goldsboro exclusive]
May 2021

A girl burdened by her magical abilities descend into a London filled with the supernatural and enchanted.

Goldsboro SFF edition with black sprayed page edges featuring a white stencilled city on the side.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender [1st printings]
May 2021

YA. Felix Love is a teenager grappling with identity as they fall in love for the first time.

First printings of the paperback edition will feature floral stencilled page edges (while stocks last).

Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa [FairyLoot exclusive]
May 2021

Meghan Chase discovers she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and a pawn in a deadly war.

FairyLoot exclusive editions with stencilled edges on the side, solid sprayed edges on top and bottom, and artwork on the reverse of the dust jackets.

Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly [Waterstones Exclusive]
Apr 2021

Psychological thriller about murderous ballet dancers who would kill for the lead role in Swan Lake.

Waterstones exclusive edition with stencilled white feathers on black page edges.

Sistersong by Lucy Holland [Goldsboro GSFF Club] 
Apr 2021

Historical fantasy. Based on the traditional folk ballad The Two Sisters, magical strangers and warring tribes entrap a regal family in Dark Ages Britain.

Goldsboro SFF Club exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges, signed and limited.

One Sky Day by Leone Ross [1st printings] 
Faber & Faber, Apr 2021

A magical realism journey that charts the troubled course of true love across an enchanted twenty-four hours.

First printings feature multicoloured sprayed page edges (while stocks last).

The Khan by Saima Mir [Waterstones] 
Oneworld, Apr 2021

Crime thriller. A young British-Asian lawyer breaks away from her family’s criminal background after her father’s murder.

Waterstones exclusive edition with blood spatters on the page edges.

Tall Bones by Anna Bailey [Goldsboro Prem1er] 
Apr 2021

Psychological thriller suffused with small town prejudice and dark family secrets.

Goldsboro Prem1er exclusive edition with stencilled trees on the page edges, signed and limited to 1000 copies.

From Blood and Ash | A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire | The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L Armentrout [FairyLoot Exclusive] 
Apr 2021

Fantasy. Poppy’s was chosen at birth for the solitary life of the Maiden is solitary, but waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. 

FairyLoot exclusive edition with decorative stencilled page edges.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout [Illumicrate Exclusive] 
Apr 2021

Fantasy. Poppy’s was chosen at birth for the solitary life of the Maiden is solitary, but waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. 

Illumicrate exclusive edition with red sprayed page edges featuring a black stencilled design.

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie [Waterstones] 
Mar 2021

Contemporary fiction. A young Ghanian woman embarks on a less than perfect marriage

Waterstones exclusive edition with decorative page edges.

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex [Waterstones] 
Mar 2021

Historical fiction/suspense. The unresolved fate of three Cornish lighthouse keepers haunts their community, especially the trio of women who loved them.

Waterstones exclusive edition with marbled page edges.

Red Tigress (Blood Heir #2) by Amélie Wen Zhao [Illumicrate Exclusive]
Mar 2021

Fantasy about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to liberate her empire from a dark reign.

Illumicrate exclusive edition with blood-stained decorated page edges.

Dragon Legend (Dragon Realm #2) by Katie and Kevin Tsang [Waterstones exclusive]
Simon & Schuster, Mar 2021

Billy Chan’s friend, Dylan, has been kidnapped by the evil Dragon of Death and it’s up to him and his friends to travel through time, back to the dangerous Dragon Realm, in order to save him.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed patterned dragon-scale page edges.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Faber & Faber, Mar 2021 [Waterstones/ Dymocks exclusive]

A novel exploring the uncharted implications of AI on human interaction and the abiding question of what it means to love.

Waterstones/ Dymocks exclusive edition with sprayed patterned page edges.

Girl in the Walls by Ruth Ware [Waterstones exclusive]
HarperCollins, Mar 2021

A sinister thriller about a teenager with an enquiring mind and a house unwilling to give up its secrets.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed and stencilled patterned page edges.

The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox [Goldsboro Prem1er]
Mar 2021

Epic fantasy about ancient treacheries that span worlds.

Goldsboro Prem1er exclusive edition with stencilled images on the page edges, signed and limited to 1500 copies.

The Shadow in the Glass by J. J. A. Harwood [Goldsboro SFF]
Mar 2021

A dark and gothic retelling of Cinderella, set in Victorian London

Goldsboro SFF exclusive edition with stencilled images on the page edges, signed and limited.

Chain of Iron (last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare [Fairyloot Exclusive]
Mar 2021

The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London.

FairyLoot exclusive edition with white moths stencilled onto black page edges.

City of Spells (Crooked Place #2) by Alexandra Christo
[FairyLoot]
Feb 2021

Fantasy. The world is on the brink of war and four unlikely allies face sacrifices they had never imagined.

FairyLoot exclusive with stencilled white flowers on blue page edges.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
[FairyLoot]
Feb 2021

Urban fantasy following an unwilling player in a deadly game played by Zeus.

FairyLoot exclusive with stencilled image of a snake on gold page edges.

The Library of the Dead by T. L. Huchu
[Goldsboro SFF]
Feb 2021

Urban fantasy following a cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.

Goldsboro exclusive (GSFF club) with stencilled images on the page edges, signed and limited.

Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir [FairyLoot exclusive] 
Feb 2021

A band of ordinary teens are pitched into a spectacular supernatural battle.

Waterstones exclusive edition with stencilled patterned page edges.

Chosen Ones [Waterstones exclusive] by Veronica Roth
Hodder & Stoughton, Jan 2021

A band of ordinary teens are pitched into a spectacular supernatural battle.

Waterstones exclusive edition with stencilled patterned page edges.

A Burning [Waterstones exclusive] by Megha Majumdar
Simon & Schuster, Jan 2021

A story of three unforgettable characters dreaming of a better future in contemporary India, whose lives are changed when they are caught up in the devastating aftermath of a terrorist attack.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed patterned page edges that match the cover art.

2020

The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn [Goldsboro Prem1er]
Dec 2020

Historical fiction about a small man with a big heart.

Goldsboro Prem1er exclusive edition with stencilled images on the page edges, signed and limited to 1000 copies.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam [Waterstones Exclusive]
Dec 2020

A contemporary dystopian thriller in which a vacationing couple find themselves at the mercy of strangers in need.

Waterstones exclusive edition with stencilled bloodspattered deer on the page edges.

Viper’s Daughter (Wolf Brother #7) by Michelle Paver
Head of Zeus, Nov 2020

Torak, Renn and Wolf battle for their lives in the Stone Age as they use their skills and knowledge of nature to survive.

First editions, first printings have stone age art sigils sprayed on the page edges.

The Poppy War series by R. F. Kuang [Illumicrate exclusive]
Illumicrate, Nov 2020

A historical military fantasy, that draws its plot and politics from mid-20th-century China.

Illumicrate exclusive edition of the three books in the series with sprayed designs on the page edges.

The Betrayals by Bridget Collins [Goldsboro exclusive]

At Montverre, an exclusive academy tucked away in the mountains, the best and brightest are trained for excellence in the grand jeu: an arcane and mysterious contest. 

Goldsboro exclusive edition with red stencilled fore-edge and red sprayed top and bottom edges.

The Apparition Phase by Will Maclean [Goldsboro exclusive]
Cornerstone, Nov 2020

A literary ghost story set between a claustrophobic British suburban town and a menacing Suffolk manor.

Goldsboro exclusive edition (Prem1er club) with sprayed circular page edges.

One By One by Ruth Ware [Waterstones exclusive]
Vintage, Nov 2020

A snowbound thriller in which a group of tech entrepreneurs are cut off in a chalet when an avalanche hits.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed snowflake page edges.

Reprieve by James Han Mattson [Waterstones Exclusive]
Oct 2020

Suspense/Horror. A haunted escape room challenge takes a sinister turn when one of the contestants competing in the chilling Quigley House competition is murdered.

Waterstones exclusive edition with blood splattered page edges.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco [FairyLoot Exclusive]
Oct 2020

Fantasy: a quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself, along with an intoxicating romance.

Fairyloot exclusive edition with stencilled black and white flower images on the page edges.

Starve Acre [Waterstones exclusive] by Andrew Michael Hurley

In the aftermath of their child’s death, a couple haunted by grief and guilt search for answers by digging into the past.

Waterstones exclusive paperback with words sprayed on all 3 page edges.

Frostheart, Escape from Aurora (Frostheart #2) by Jamie Littler [Waterstones exclusive] 

The crew of the Frostheart have finally pitched up at Aurora – but a warm welcome is the last thing they receive.

Waterstones exclusive paperback with stencil sprayed edges.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko [Fairyloot exclusive]

The first installment of a West African-inspired young adult fantasy duology.

Fairyloot exclusive paperback with stencil sprayed edges on three sides.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton [Waterstones exclusive]

A sinister period chiller set on a blighted sea voyage to Amsterdam, featuring fugitive detectives, a twice-dead leper and a stalking demon.

Waterstones exclusive edition with green and black stencilled page edges.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton [Forbidden Planet exclusive]

A group of octogenarian sleuths investigate the suspicious demise of a property developer.

Forbidden Planet exclusive edition with black devil eyes stencilled on red page edges.

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield [Goldsboro exclusive]

A nurse in Victorian London starts to believe her husband could be Jack the Ripper.

Goldsboro exclusive edition (Prem1er club) with a white key stencilled on blue sprayed page edges.

Shadow and Bone, Collector’s Edition by Leigh Bardugo [Fairyloot exclusive]

Collector’s edition features new artwork, patterned endpapers and blue sprayed edges.

Fairyloot exclusive edition includes a black pattern on the  blue sprayed page edges.

Comida Mexicana by Rosa Cienfuegos
Smith Street Books, Sep 2020

Recipe book. Mexican street food including snacks, tacos, tortas, tamales and desserts.

Red and white patterned page edges.

Skyhunter by Marie Lu
Running Brook Press, Sep 2020

An adrenaline-laced fantasy about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves.

First printings have “Skyhunter” written on the page edges.

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart [Goldsboro exclusive]
Simon & Schuster, Sep 2020

Lin is the Emperor’s daughter and she spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Goldsboro exclusive (GSFF club) with red key sprayed page edges.

Dragon Mountain by Katie & Kevin Tsang [Waterstones exclusive]

A group of children go on a quest to free a quartet of dragons buried beneath a children’s camp in China.

Waterstones exclusive with dragon scale sprayed page edges.

The Thursday Murder Club [Goldsboro exclusive] by Richard Osman

A group of octogenarian sleuths investigate the suspicious demise of a property developer.

Goldsboro book of the month collector’s edition with fox-patterned sprayed page edges.

Anna and the French Kiss (collector’s edition) by Stephanie Perkins

A sweet coming of age romance set in Paris.

Collector’s edition with patterned sprayed page edges, annotated map, endpapers and bonus content.

Moonflower Murders (Magpie Murders #2) [Waterstones] by Anthony Horowitz

Mystery. Susan Ryeland decides to investigate when she hears about an unfortunate murder that took place on the same day and in the same hotel in which the Trehearnes’ daughter was married.

Waterstones exclusive with white moons sprayed on blue page edges.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel [Indie exclusive]
Picador, Aug 2020

A tale of greed and guilt that weaves between life on a ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of remote British Columbia.

Independent bookshop exclusive edition with a wilderness scene stencilled on blue sprayed page edges.

The First Sister by Linden A Lewis [Goldsboro exclusive]
Hodder & Stoughton, Aug 2020

As the war between the Geans and the Icarii reaches a head, Lito and First Sister must decide what – and whom – they are willing to sacrifice in the name of duty, or for love.

Goldsboro exclusive edition with stars stencilled on sprayed page edges.

The Story of Silence [Forbidden Planet exclusive] by Alex Myers
Harper Voyager, July 2020

A knightly fairy tale of royalty and dragons, of midwives with secrets and dashing strangers in dark inns. 

Forbidden Planet exclusive edition with pink stars stencilled onto black sprayed page edges.

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
Titan, July 2020

A highly contagious rabies-like virus that turns its victims into homicidal maniacs.

Waterstones & Forbidden Planet exclusive edition with red orange ombre sprayed page edges.

Cruel Prince and Wicked King by Holly Black
FairyLoot, July 2020

FairyLoot exclusive editions with green stencilled edges.

Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty
FairyLoot, July 2020

FairyLoot exclusive editions with coloured stencilled edges.

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente
HarperCollins, May 2020

Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks -useful, but not exactly exciting – until she has to find a missing day.

Waterstones exclusive edition with gold stars stencilled on blue page edges.

Written in Blood by Chris Carter
Simon & Schuster, May 2020

A psychological thriller about a pickpocket, a loudmouth and a bag with sinister, life-changing contents.

Waterstones exclusive edition with sprayed ‘blood-spattered’ page edges.

Chain of Gold (Shadowhunters)- Cassandra Clare [FairyLoot Exclusive]
May 2020

Fantasy about Cordelia Carstairs, a Shadowhunter warrior trained since childhood to battle demons.

Fairy Loot exclusive cover with a stencil of a white sword on black sprayed page edges .

The Midnight Lie – Marie Rutkoski
Fairy Loot, Apr 2020

An epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

Fairy Loot exclusive cover and blue stencilled sprayed page edges.

Sleepyhead (20th Anniversary Ed) – Mark Billingham
Little, Brown, Apr 2020

A signed numbered hardback of the first DI Tom Thorne novel.

Red sprayed page edges with ‘Night Night’ stencilled in black.

Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan 
Orion, Apr 2020

A fictional dissection of love and commitment in the international circles of contemporary Hong Kong.

Waterstones exclusive two-tone sprayed page edges and decorative endpapers.

Looking Glass (Dark Alice #3) – Christina Henry
Titan, Apr 2020

A collection of four novellas set in the Dark Alice universe.

Waterstones exclusive paperback with patterned decorative stencilled page edges featuring vines.

The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healy
Pan Macmillan, Mar 2020

Gothic fiction in which a wartime menagerie haunts the corridors of the eponymous stately home.

Waterstones exclusive edition with patterned decorative stencilled page edges.

Chosen Ones [FairyLoot Exclusive] by Veronica Roth
FairyLoot, Mar 2020

Saving the world made them heroes. Saving it again might destroy them. 

Fairy Loot exclusive edition with exclusive cover, stencil sprayed edges (top and bottom solid black), an embossed foil design underneath the dust jacket and signed by the author. 

Star Switch by Alesha Dixon
Scholastic, Mar 2020

A pop star switches bodies with one of her biggest fans.

First printings have double patterned decorative stencilled page edges.

Dear Edward –
Penguin, Feb 2020

A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash.

Waterstones exclusive edition with white stars sprayed on blue page edges.

Apeirogon [Goldsboro Exclusive] –
Bloomsbury, Feb 2020

A novel named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides, about two men and their daughters, divided by conflict yet united in grief.

Goldsboro exclusive edition with birds sprayed on the edges (in gold or black)

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Penguin, Feb 2020

A melancholic historical novel that merges the slavery narrative with the fantasy genre.

Foyles exclusive edition with blue cowrie shells stencilled on the page edges. Limited to 1000 copies.

Pine by Francine Toon
Transworld, Jan 2020

A decades old mystery set in the Scottish highlands..

Signed Waterstones exclusive edition with a pine tree sprayed on the page edges

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
Cornerstone, Jan 2020

A reimagining of the relationship between Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra.

Signed Waterstones exclusive edition with patterned page edges

Agency by William Gibson
Penguin, Jan 2020

Verity Jane is a talented “app whisperer” who is hired to test a new artificial intelligence called Eunice. Verity soon becomes aware that Eunice is quite powerful, something that she hesitates to share with her employers. 

Signed Foyles exclusive edition with star spangled page edges. Limited to 1000 copies.

Braised Pork by An Yu
Harville Secker, Jan 2020

Love and loss in contemporary Beijing.

Patterned decorative stencilled page edges. Limited to 1000 copies.

This Vicious Cure (Mortal Coil #3) by Emily Suvada
Penguin, Jan 2020

The conclusion to the Mortal Coil trilogy.

Waterstones exclusive with patterned decorative stencilled page edges with broken DNA. 

Near Witch by V. E. Schwab
Titan, Jan 2020

The children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and Lexi goes hunting for them.

Patterned decorative stencilled page edges. 

For earlier years, please visit part 2…

6 Comments

Maggie · 14 September 2021 at 12:15 am

Hi! I like your second page best for the sprayed/special editions. I tend to scour the waterstones website but you have to pretty much click on each book in order to see the edges. I love that your list has everything in one place and even the bonus content! I do still like this page for the special editions from the different subscription boxes but it would definitely make for a HUGE list of you kept everything combined. Thanks for the great content! 😀

    Daisy · 14 September 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks – yes, I have the exact same frustration with the Waterstones list which is why I’ve pulled out their more exciting offerings here 💕 Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts – I’m finding every book box does sprayed edges now and often by the time they’re published they’ve sold out, which can be kind of frustrating…

Sam · 8 September 2021 at 8:36 pm

I really love both lists, but since its organised by publication date, I find it hard to see when new things are added that might have earlier publication dates.

    Daisy · 8 September 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I hear you! Very open to suggestions about a better way to lay out the list(s).

    Ideally, I’d have a database where you could list by ‘most recently added’ but I’m not that technologically functional here… The aim is to have the historical database pretty complete as soon as possible, so that new items are only being added to future publications. I was wondering if it would be useful to institute a weekly newsletter with updates on what’s been added but I wasn’t sure if there was enough interest for that…

    Thanks for taking the time to comment!
    Dx

      Sam · 8 September 2021 at 10:51 pm

      I’d be up for a newsletter! Or maybe if you had a separate post on social media with each book you add when you add it? I guess it depends on how many you add at one time, but a post with a picture saying you’ve just added it and check out the page for full info could work?

        Daisy · 8 September 2021 at 11:39 pm

        Cool. I think the newsletter would be easier as I could group weekly updates – social media posts every time would probably be too time consuming (I’m a bit lackluster on my social media presence – too busy reading 😂)… thanks!

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