Reading lists

10 of the most beautiful graphic novels

The combination of sumptuous artwork, high production values and gripping stories make graphic novels some of the most visually appealing books around.

10 of the most beautiful... graphic novels

From that ‘new book smell’ to the soft rustling of pages to eye-catching cover designs, it's fair to say a book can be a very beautiful thing. And graphic novels are even more beautiful than most.

For a start, they're usually larger – all the better to show off their authors’ artistic abilities. Beyond that, graphic novels also offer something that ‘normal’ books can’t: new depths of meaning, told through the interplay of the artwork, text and layout. When it comes to non-fiction, they can also help convey complex ideas and theories in a way that's accessible.

Whatever your reading taste, we’ve gathered together ten of the most beautiful graphic novels ever made. 

An illustration from Heimat by Nora Krug
An illustration from Square Eyes by Anna Mill + Luke Jones
An illustration from The Wrong Place by Brecht Evens
An illustration from Just So Happens by Fumio Obata
An illustration from Cormorance by Nick Hayes

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more