I have just purchased the hardback of Boneland, Alan Garners' long-overdue follow-up to his classic, J.K. Rowling-influencing, children's novels The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath. Those books were published in the 1960s, so Garner's fans have had quite a wait for this last one, and one has to say his current published, 4th Estate, has got it just right with the pleasing, matt-black cover.
It is a cover with seriousness and weight, which is as it should be; alas and alack, then, that bloody Waterstones should see fit to stick a money-off sticker in the top right hand corner. I peeled it off, only to find that the glue residue had ruined a little circle of the matt black - annoying enough in itself, but particularly so because it looks like a pale moon, and the moon is important in Garner's stories. Is there really no other glue they could use? It makes me want to give up and just use Amazon.