The Hardy Tree
British author Iphgenia Baal’s novella told through rich visuals.
Set in 1846 and combining fact and fiction, Baal’s first novel The Hardy Tree: A Story About Gang Mentality tells the story of young poet-to-be Thomas Hardy, then an architect, as he’s tasked with unearthing graves in King’s Cross.
The design’s inventive storytelling is pieced together through rich visuals including newspaper cuttings, headstone epitaphs, hand-written letters, illustrations, maps, penny dreadfuls, acts of parliament—and an original photograph of the eponymous Hardy Tree which still stands near King’s Cross station today.
Photograph by Rasha Kahil