When a book hits stores with a cover nearly identical to another’s, it’s the publishing equivalent of arriving at a party wearing the same dress as the hostess. But while book jacket look-alikes may chafe publishers, it happens more often than you might think.
After I prepared this post, I noticed that Sheri at Bookopolis had already posted about this article in a post entitled “Book Cover Faux-Pas.” Apologies, then, to those who read both our blogs and have seen this twice!
Edited to add:
Here are a few more covers that feature a similar bowler hat: Rubies in the Orchard by Lynda Resnick, Negotiating Perfection by Allan Fox, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks.
As I mentioned in the comments (and as is mentioned in the article), all of these hat covers are inspired by Magritte’s paintings.