Binyavanga Wainaina’s book debut was published by Granta Books in 2011. The cover for the hardback edition (shown below) features modular letterforms, with the individual modules printed in two shades of blue, imperfectly aligned. It’s either lettering or a typeface I don’t recognize. The paperback cover from 2012 (shown above) picks up the modular theme. This time it’s definitely a typeface: LL Cobra was designed by Cornel Windlin and issued by Lineto in 1996. Here it is used exclusively in uppercase. The decorative pattern separating the title from the author’s name is composed from elements of the typeface, too, further emphasizing its modular nature. The typeface used for the blurb is ITC Lubalin Graph.
A completely revised version of Cornel Windlin’s LL Cobra (1996) was just released by Lineto. Named LL Cobra VIP, this new design was initiated by Samara Keller. It’s now as a lowercase-only design with many alternates and comes in five weights as well as in variable font format.