The Agatha Christie covers painted by Tom Adams constitute probably the most famous examples of
paperback art ever produced. First published in the sixties, seventies and eighties in the UK by
Fontana and in the USA by Pocket Books, they have been reproduced throughout the world by many
other publishers. There is also an iconic series of Raymond Chandler covers produced for Ballantine
Books, New York.
Concurrently with this extraordinary achievement in the field of paperback publishing, Tom Adams was
also producing some brilliant paintings for hardbacks, notably covers for John Fowles' The
The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Also Patrick White's The Vivisector,
(described by John Fowles as a "quite literal dream of a jacket"); Ghost Story
by Peter Straub and a Daliesque cover for Kingsley Amis' (writing as Robert Markham) James Bond pastiche, Colonel Sun.