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    Visual Editions: Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell. Photographed by David Sykes.

Kapow! by name, kapow by nature - check out the latest Visual Editions book

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

There is always a lot of expectation when Visual Editions promise a new release. Expecting the unexpected is somewhat of a by-line to their design-led challenges of a conventional reading experiencel; case in point, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes, an extraordinary die-cut novel that invites you to read between the negative spaces.

This time they’re offering us: “A Great Story. That is Also Great Looking” What a line so yes please. Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell is a thing of confidence – both in terms of design (by the ever-good Studio Frith) and writing. Moving you literally about the page, the words take a reader between Cairo and London, from the top of the page, down and diagonally across, it’s as dynamic an object as the story it’s depicting. A writer, reflecting on the events of the Arab Spring and the global unrest it spawned, uses a digressive and real-time written tactics to reflect the perspective of all the news, all-at-once while maintaining a “Bollywood style” love story.

In a format that could only ever be realised in print, Visual Editions and their boundary pushing authors are keeping warm a spot close to all book-lovers hearts.

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    Visual Editions: Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell. Photographed by David Sykes.

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    Visual Editions: Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell. Photographed by David Sykes.

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    Visual Editions: Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell. Photographed by David Sykes.

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    Visual Editions: Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell. Photographed by David Sykes.

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    Visual Editions: Kapow! by Adam Thirlwell. Photographed by David Sykes.

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.