We were thrilled to see Frances Castle’s wonderful illuminated letters at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, they appeared on deckchairs, canvas bags, stickers, beer mats and book plates. Frances was commissioned by 999 Design¬†for Guardian Books to create a concept for each genre, using an illustrated quote by a famous author; Alexander McCall Smith for crime, Mark Haddon for children’s, Hilary Mantel for historical fiction and Jasper Fforde for fantasy.

Here they are in situ and separately with their quotes.

Guardian Spiegeltent Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012

A life without stories would be no life at all.

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens aswell.


There’s nothing in this breathing world so gratifying as an artfully placed semi-colon.

Take no heed of her…She reads a lot of books.

Guardian Spiegeltent Edinburgh International Book festival 2012