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    JVET

    Jack Vettriano: A Life (Hardback)

    Jack Vettriano

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    A self-taught artist of Italian descent, Jack Vettriano has been an inspirational artist for over 20 years and has now established himself as Scotland's most successful and controversial contemporary artist. This book beautifully captures his famous works and is perfect for any art connoisseur to pore over.

    Emerging from the unlikely setting of the Scottish Coalfields, Vettriano's paintings offer a glimpse into his alluring yet sinister world - daylight scenes of heady optimism on the beach and at race tracks are counterbalanced by more disquieting canvases of complex night-time liaisons in bars and clubs...

    This updated edition of Jack Vettriano: A Life contains many of his powerful canvases, including 15 more recent images that will thrill and intrigue fans of art.
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    WMAG

    What Makes Great Art (Paperback)

    Andy Pankhurst & Lucinda Hawksley

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    Showcasing 80 of the most famous paintings and sculptures of all time, What Makes Great Art is a handy pocket guide that provides would-be art aficionados with a guide to why these pieces of art have inspired so much acclaim and respect.

    Ideal for anyone who loves art, Andy Pankhurst and Lucinda Hawksley look at projects from many different eras and of various styles - from Expression and Beauty to Realism and Form. There are also chapters based on Symbolism, Distortion and Erotic artwork.

    Whether the paintings owe their greatness to the composition or colour, provide an insight into a human subject or convey a message in an effective manner, this book covers it. Among the famous pieces covered are Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Claude Monet's Impression: Sunrise and Jackson Pollock's Mural.

    Please note that What Makes Great Art contains a chapter dedicated to Erotic art.
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    ANTI

    Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia (Hardback)

    Judith Miller

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    Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia is the authoritative voice when it comes to collectables. From 18th century furniture and decorations all the way through to contemporary sports and music memorabilia, the enormous hardback has all the information any antiques enthusiast could ever want.

    With more than 3,000 colour photographs to show the pieces that can be found in shops, auctions and fairs, the book also reveals a price code for each item and will help you identify whether you have found a genuine antique.

    Compiled by an international team of over 40 consultants, lead by the expert Judith Miller, the book provides useful information and some of the antiques covered include furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery, toys and games.
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    HTPS
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    From still life to portraits and using oils and acrylics, this 10-book collection will help you learn how to paint in style. Covering all the basics of painting, the books feature progressive visual demonstations and expert advice to help you get to grips with a paintbrush in the right way.

    There are step-by-step lessons featured in all the books too, helping you learn how to paint spectacular landscapes, sunsets, clouds and skyscapes, pet portraits, oceans and seascapes and flowers.

    There is also advice on setting up a studio, selecting tools and materials and learning the tips, tricks and techniques for the different styles of painting. A perfect starter library for a budding artist!

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    HBWR

    How to be Well Read (Hardback)

    John Sutherland

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    Perhaps best-known for his investigations of anomalies, enigmas, conundrums and mysteries from Victorian fiction in Is Heathcliff a Murderer?, John Sutherland returns with yet another guide to fine fiction in the form of How to be Well Read, a guide to the best novels ever written and why they matter.

    A compelling, personal combination of literary reference and history, the editor of The Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction and Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland, introduces readers to over 500 of the world's best canonical and modern works of fiction in the form of informative, yet offbeat and quirky, mini-essays.

    From imposing Victorian novels to espionage, romance, thrillers and everything in-between, the book provides a forceful, evocative defence for why the titles should take pride of place upon the bookshelves of every fan of fiction. Perfect for dipping in and out of, How to be Well Read not only makes for great reading itself but also provides readers with a well-informed reading list of books they are sure to enjoy!
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    MHPP

    The Trolley Problem (Paperback)

    Jeremy Stangroom

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    From the author of the bestselling Einstein's Riddle, The Trolley Problem by Jeremy Stangroom offers a unique collection of philosophical dilemmas and thought experiments designed to tell you something about how you see the world.

    Packed with classic challenges, paradoxes and puzzles that famous philosophers have devised throughout history, the hardback book reflects upon each moral dilemma and provides readers an insight into overall views on morality and serves as a wonderful introduction to the key concepts of philosophy and ethics.

    Challenge your preconceptions, uncover your deeply held beliefs and broaden your mind with this essential book for anyone with an interest in ethics or a curiosity about nature and reality.
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    DPFM

    Draw People in 15 Minutes (Paperback)

    Jake Spicer

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    Following the success of Draw Faces in 15 Minutes, we're delighted to bring our budding artists Draw People in 15 Minutes - a how-to guide from Jake Spicer that will show you how to sketch people on the move or at rest!

    Taking you though every aspect of drawing people - from sketching out to drawing a model or even recreating a photograph - the book will show you how to create a full-length portrait in just 15 minutes. It also unveils all the secrets of making observational sketches on the move.

    With advice on how to deal with features, hair and clothing, the easy-to-follow guide also has tips on material to use and how you can draw hands, feet and fabric. A must-have for anyone who wants to hone their drawing skills - especially when it comes to people!
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    SKTH

    Sketch This (Other)

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    Embark on a creative journey and scribble, collage, design, write, paste, trace and sketch your way through this fun-filled spiral notebook - Sketch This!

    Whether you're using pencil, pen, marker, crayon or anything else to make your mark in this book, you'll soon be doodling and scribbling to your heart's content - it really does get addictive...

    Throughout the book, you can attempt to draw a dog upside down, with your eyes closed and without lifting your pencil; draw a favourite fictional character and even doodle your guilty pleasures!
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    FIMO

    50 Moments That Rocked the Classical Music World (Hardback)

    Darren Henley & Sam Jackson

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    Written by the managing directors of Classic FM, 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World is a fun, eclectic and informative guide that takes in key events ranging from the first ever musical instruments through to the video game soundtracks of today!

    The 50 events have clearly shaped the way we play and listen to classical music today and the book is full of insight that will fascinate and appeal to both classical aficionados and those who have just fallen for the beautiful sound.

    Among the key events Darren Henley and Sam Jackson cast their expert eye over are the introduction of musical notation and the invention of the printing press, the Three Tenors triumphant performance during World Cup Italia 90 and the advent of composing on computer, which was quickly followed by the Digital Download Revolution.
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    WENG

    Watching the English (Hardback)

    Kate Fox

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    If you've ever wondered about the peculiar quirks of the English, acclaimed anthropologist Kate Fox's Watching the English is the book for you. A bestseller when it was first published 10 years ago, this revised and updated edition includes over 100 new entries and several new chapters.

    A set text for university anthropology courses and endlessly fascinating to dip in and out of, the book showcases the findings from Kate's field research and observational experiments about all things English. Over the past decade, social media and mobile phones have grown in stature and become everyday elements of modern society - how have these changed the way the English behave?

    A book to make anyone who is English sit back and think about things in a different way, this is a brilliant analysis and decipherment of England's enigmatic behaviour codes, social rules and subcultures.
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    TBIA

    The Bird in Art (Hardback)

    Caroline Bugler

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    With beautiful artwork throughout, The Bird in Art is a brilliant coffee table book for anyone who admires talented illustrators or has an interest in our feathered friends. Examining the significance of the bird in 250 beautifully reproduced works of art, both ancient and contemporary, the book has nine chapters dealing with different themes including the Mythical Bird, the Eastern Bird and the Domestic Bird. With paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures all featured this is a comprehensive history that will appeal to anyone with an interest in ornithology.
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    DVLC

    Da Vinci's Last Commission (Hardback)

    Fiona McLaren

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    Imagine you have an old painting that's been in the family for years and that curiosity leads to the discovery that it is more rare and worth more than you could possibly have imagined. As experts get increasingly excited, it becomes apparent the painting was thought to be by a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, and possibly actually by the master himself. After extensive research and communication with academics and institutions from all over the world, the results are astounding. In turn, this revelation leads to the discovery of one of the greatest heresies of our time, a story that the Roman Catholic Church has been desperate to keep secret for centuries... Fiona McLaren's Da Vinci's Last Commission: The Most Sensational Detective Story in the History of Art is a truly astonishing account of a remarkable true story.
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    DFAT

    How to Draw Flowers & Trees (Paperback)

    Denis John-Naylor

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    How to Draw Flowers & Trees in Simple Steps is a practical workbook that offers an easy-to-follow approach for drawing both flowers and trees. Sure to appeal to those who enjoyed the previous book, How to Draw Animals, this is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to understand the intricacies of the structure of flowers and trees and there are also helpful instructions throughout to ensure your illustrations will be as good as they possibly can be.

    With advice from illustrators Denis John-Naylor, Janet Whittle and Penny Brown, the colour diagrams featured throughout will also help guarantee positive results.
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    ACNDP

    The Last Pre-Raphaelite (Hardback)

    Fiona MacCarthy

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    From the prize winning author of William Morris comes a new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, the greatest British artist of the second half of the nineteenth century. The angels on our Christmas cards, the stained glass in our churches, the great paintings in our galleries - Edward Burne-Jones' work is all around us. The most admired British artist of his generation, he was a leading figure with Oscar Wilde in the aesthetic movement of the 1880s, inventing what became a widespread 'Burne-Jones look'. The bridge between Victorian and modern art, he influenced not just his immediate circle but artists such as Klimt and Picasso. In this gripping book Fiona MacCarthy explores and re-evaluates his art and life - his battle against vicious public hostility, the romantic susceptibility to female beauty that would inspire his art and ruin his marriage, his ill health and depressive sensibility, the devastating rift with his great friend and collaborator William Morris as their views on art and politics diverged. With new research and fresh historical perspective, "The Last Pre-Raphaelite" tells the extraordinary, dramatic story of Burne-Jones as an artist, a key figure in Victorian society and a peculiarly captivating man.
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    AAZOR

    How to Deal in Antiques (Paperback)

    Fiona Shoop

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    Whether you want to find the best bargains when buying antiques and collectables as a hobby, or whether you want to turn your interest in antiques into an extra income stream or full-time career, Fiona Shoop's How to Deal in Antiques will help you make better deals and maximise your profits. You'll discover: - what to buy and sell - where to buy and how to get bigger discounts - where and how to sell - using the internet for both buying and selling Antiques expert, Fiona Shoop, highlights the tricks of the trade to help you avoid making common but costly mistakes - and ensure that you get the best out of the antiques world.

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    ACOVS

    Collectables 20th-century Classics (Paperback)

    Fletcher Sibthorp

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    The 20th century was a rich and influential period of beautiful, innovative design and many classics from that era have influenced and inspired modern designers. "Collectables: 20th-Century Classics" features more than 90 of the most desirable and iconic pieces from the last century. Beautifully illustrated and organized by category (furniture, household, lighting, glass and ceramics) each entry has: a double-page spread, featuring a short essay on the classic under discussion with an accompanying photograph of that object; top tips on what to look out; a price guide; and, key websites to direct the reader on where best to make a purchase or pick up a bargain. Clear and concise, this book provides all the information you need to make an informed decision when investing in a piece of classic design, whether it be an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, a Clarice Cliff tea cup or a Poul Henningsen PH lamp. This gorgeous book is a must for anyone interested in style, design or interiors.
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    AEAAM
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    Learn to draw cartoons step by step with over 1500 illustrations. Everything you need to know about creating characters, using props, imaginative backgrounds, bringing them to life in comic strips, different techniques for digital enhancement and simple animation.
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    ADAVC

    The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece (Paperback)

    Nigel Rodgers

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    This title offer an illustrated account of classical Greek buildings, sculptures and paintings, that are shown in 200 glorious photographs and drawings. It includes an authoritative exploration of ancient Greek civilization, architecture and style, sculpture, painting and mosaics. It provides a spectacular visual study of iconic Greek buildings and temples, including the Parthenon and the Acropolis, the Sanctuary of Delphi and the great temples of Olympia. It contains an examination of the Doric, Ionian and Corinthian Orders that influenced the development of great Western architecture from medieval times to the present day. It helps you learn about the sculptors from Pheidias and Polycritus to Praxiteles and Lysippus, and their creations including the Riace bronzes, the Delphi Charioteer, the Farnese Hercules and the Laocoon statue. This title includes over 250 glorious photographs, illustrations and diagrams bring the ancient cities of Athens, Corinth and Sparta to life and reveal the pioneering brilliance of classical Greek art and architecture. This fascinating book explores the importance of art and architecture in the world's first classical civilization, charting the ancient cities from their first foundations to the creation of their towering temples. The first half of this book analyses the rise of Greek architecture from its Minoan roots to the creation of that most perfect temple, the Parthenon. The second part of this book covers the skill of ancient Greek sculptors and artists, and looks in detail at their techniques. An insightful text plus over 250 photographs, illustrations and maps make this book an indispensable resource on classical Greek art and architecture for both the specialist and general reader.
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    HYMN

    Classic Hymns & Carols (Hardback)

    John Betjeman

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    With a preface by John Betjeman, one of the most popular Poet Laureates of all time, Classic Hymns & Carols is a wonderful collection of 70 of the nation's most popular hymns. Whether you wish to find the right hymn or carol for a wedding, a christening or a funeral, or just want to remind yourself of a childhood favourite, this collection is an invaluable resource for every home, with lyrics for songs and carols written by literary giants including William Blake, Alfred Tennyson and Rudyard Kipling. Among the hymns and carols included are all-time favourites such as The Holly and the Ivy, Jerusalem, Abide With Me and All Things Bright and Beautiful.
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    AGEXL

    Trampled Under Foot (Paperback)

    Barney Hoskyns

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    A unique look at the history, adventures, myths and realities of this most legendary and powerful of bands, it is a labour of love based on hours of first-hand and original interviews. What emerges is a compelling portrait of the four musicians themselves, as well as a fresh insight into the close-knit entourage that protected them, from Peter Grant to Richard Cole to Ahmet Ertegun, giant figures from the long-vanished world of 1970s rock. Featuring many rare and never before seen photographs, it is also the first book on Led Zeppelin to cover such recent events as their triumphant 2007 - O2 Arena gig and Robert Plant's Grammy-winning resurgence of recent years.
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    ALTFC

    Ink 'N Girls (Hardback)

    Akos Banfalvi

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    This alluring, enlightening assemblage of tattoo art demystifies the personalities of today's top tattoo models and offers a fresh take on the modern pin-up. The impressive body art shown here is just the beginning of a fascinating look into the minds and hearts of gorgeous, intelligent, and confident women hailing from around the world. In candid interviews these inked beauties open up to the author about their upbringings, first tattoos, favourite and most challenging modelling experiences, and more. Enjoy a colourful variety of photographs that include hypnotic portraits, provocative poses, and interesting themes, creatively and tastefully showcasing mesmerising body art. Also read about how each model was discovered, who their most trusted tattoo artists are, and how they launched their careers. This includes work by professional photographers with experience shooting for Skin & Ink, Playboy, and other publications.
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    ALNIR

    Weak Messages Create Bad Situations (Hardback)

    David Shrigley

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    A personal message from the author: Lots of individuals in society today are feeble-minded. They don't know what the hell is going on. Unfortunately many of these people are responsible for running The Country. They don't know the difference between a Precious Jewel and a piece of animal turd. Their ideas are Meaningless, illustrated using rubbish imagery (often made by a computer). The stupid words they write are always in bad fonts. Yet still people heed this nonsense. Maybe you are one of these people? It's alright. I am here to help you. I have a fully-composed world view. I have strong opinions about everything. And my ideas are hand-illustrated and use real handwriting that you can trust. I know exactly what's going on and am willing to share my thoughts with you. If you listen to what I say then things will quickly improve. No more weak messages. No more bad situations. Shall we proceed?
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    ALTHI

    Illustration Now! (Paperback)

    Julius Wiedemann

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    High Five! TASCHEN's regular Illustration Now! series brings you the latest, groundbreaking work from the world's most exciting illustrators. A stimulating mix of established master draftsmen and neophytes, working in a vast range of techniques, this Illustration Now! Vol. 5 features 150 illustrators from over 30 countries, including illustration duo Craig&Carl, reportage artist Sue Coe, upcoming Agata Nowicka, old masters James McMullan and Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke. The spread includes personal work, as well as high-profile projects for clients such as Nike, The New Yorker, Harper's Bazar, The New York Time Magazine or Time magazine. Looking back at the history of media, the book's introduction from Steven Heller explores the many styles of illustration. It is a perfect round-up of illustration's here-and-now for graphic artists, creative professionals and illustration students, but also for anyone with an appreciation of draftsmanship and visual language.
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    AKWRP

    LEGO Architecture the Visual Guide (Hardback)

    Philip Wilkinson

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    Iconic buildings re-imagined in Lego[registered] bricks. Lego[registered] Architecture: The Visual Guide is a stunning guide to the Lego Architecture series and to the iconic buildings that inspired it. These amazing Lego Architecture sets showcase incredible buildings from around the world. From the Empire State Building and the Guggenheim, to Farnsworth House, Lego[registered] Architecture: The Visual Guide reveals amazing exploded images of the Lego Architecture models, showing every Lego brick involved in the build. You'll explore the profiles of the Lego artists and builders who created the Lego Architecture sets in new amazing levels of detail, getting to know everything about their creative processes and their designing and building techniques. You'll also be taken on an in-depth exploration of the real buildings from around the world on which the Lego Architecture series is based and learn why the Lego team chose each inspiring building and how they recreated it in Lego bricks. Lego[registered] Architecture: The Visual Guide is perfect for architects, designers and architecture enthusiasts of all ages.