The ethereal and unearthly line-drawn illustrations in the photographs, part of Penguin’s reprint series of John Wyndham’s classic sci-fi novels produced shortly after the author’s death, are by Harry Willock. In addition to illustrating books, Willock is also known for producing highly collectable album covers for major artists including Elton John and Gordon Giltrap.
Throughout his career he has enjoyed a lengthy working relationship with former art director of Penguin, Alan Aldridge. The two first worked together at The Sunday Times, and when Aldridge moved to Penguin he brought Willock in as his assistant, where he was given sci-fi classic reprints, inlcuding works by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, to design. After Aldridge’s departure from Penguin, he went to work for him at his graphic design studio INK, whilst continuing to freelance for Aldridge’s replacement, David Pelham.
Incidentally, the boy on the cover of Chocky is Willock’s son.
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