Cover Reveal: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

CoverOn July 30th, 4th Estate is proud to be publishing the paperback editions of Jeff VanderMeer’s enthralling and unnerving Southern Reach trilogy. It’s time to reveal some of the most striking and iconic cover art we’ve seen this year…


Here they are in all their glory – the 4th Estate paperback editions of Jeff VanderMeer’s The Southern Reach Trilogy. The artwork was designed by Rodrigo Corral, who designed the equally eye-popping cover for Farrar, Strauss and Giroux’s hardcover compilation of the trilogy in the US. Combining neon-bright colours and a design that screams ‘caution!’ with beautiful monochromatic illustrations of creeping spores, leaves and tendrils, the covers symbolically depict the collision between the Southern Reach agency and the organisms of Area X that the novels describe.

There’s no better time to dive into the strange and terrifying world of Area X – more information on each book (and a cheeky look at the artwork inside!) can be found below.



The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic.

Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.



Following the tumultuous twelfth expedition into Area X the agency is in chaos. Its new head wants to be known as ‘Control’ and he needs to control Area X. From interrogations, hidden notes and profoundly troubling video footage, the mysteries of Area X begin to reveal themselves.

And they are more sinister than anyone could have known.



One last, desperate team embarks across the border, determined to reach a remote island that may hold the answers they’ve been seeking. As they press deeper into the unknown, the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting.

The mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound – or terrifying.

The Southern Reach Trilogy is published by 4th Estate on 30th July 2015.

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