Apparently a hot debate raged within independent publishing house Canongate’s offices while picking their favourite 2015 book covers. But the effort was worth it, as Canongate's art department recently tweeted a whittled-down list of the year’s illustrative wonders to only the sharply designed very best.

Here we've collected the 10 for you to look through – which include books by the likes of Michael Faber and Simon Garfield designed and illustrated by the likes of Jonathan Gray and Yehrin Tong. We also chatted to Canongate art director Rafi Romaya about the selection.

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