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Jack Vettriano: A Life (Hardback)
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.
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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.
How to be Well Read (Hardback)
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.
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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!
1,000 Dot to Dot Masterpieces (Paperback)
The last 1000 Dot-to-Dot book we sold was a phenomenal favourite with Book People customers, proving that dot-to-dot puzzles are not just for children - and this one allows you to recreate some of the world's finest pieces of art!
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Created by the talented graphic designer Thomas Pavitee, the 20 masterpieces from the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh and Hokusai are rendered in 1000-dot line drawings that you can take your time completing - each of the drawings takes up to an hour to complete, and you can have fun working out which painting or drawing you're recreating while joining the dots.
Extremely satisfying once finished, the pages are perforated so your completed works of art can be displayed anywhere you wish! this extra large book is sure to delight anyone as they unleash their inner artist.
Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Darren Henley & Sam Jackson
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!
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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.
Watching the English (Hardback)
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.
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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.
The Bird in Art (Hardback)
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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Rice's Church Primer (Hardback)
The countryside, towns and cities of Britain are full of churches which represent some of the most iconic, beautiful, impressive and sometimes bizarre buildings in the country. With many representing our history, art and ideas, there's much to be discover in these incredible buildings. Rice's Church Primer is a wonderful introduction to the the architecture and interior features of the most stunning churches in Britain. With Matthew Rice's witty illustrations to guide you too, this comprehensive little guide makes understanding components of churches easy and enjoyable, and by looking at them in context you'll soon see why naves are necessary, why towers are tall and why a church needs a good flying buttress! An elegant and funny gift for anyone fascinated by churches, architecture or even poring over fun facts about our nation's vast history.
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Da Vinci's Last Commission (Hardback)
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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The Garden in Art (Hardback)
Debra N. Mancoff
The Garden in Art is a truly beautiful book where acclaimed art historian Debra N. Mancoff reveals the many different ways in which artists from all periods of history - from Ancient Egypt through to the present day - have employed the motif of the garden. A wonderful gift for both gardeners and art lovers alike, it features more than 200 illustrations of both renowned and lesser-known works and explores topics such as working gardens, the garden through the seasons and artists' gardens. An absorbing read, the book also features a detailed timeline of garden artwork and a suggested list of gardens to visit.
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How to Draw Flowers & Trees (Paperback)
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.
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With advice from illustrators Denis John-Naylor, Janet Whittle and Penny Brown, the colour diagrams featured throughout will also help guarantee positive results.
The Last Pre-Raphaelite (Hardback)
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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How to Deal in Antiques (Paperback)
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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.
The Practical Encyclopedia of Cartooning (Hardback)
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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The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece (Paperback)
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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Classic Hymns & Carols (Hardback)
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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Trampled Under Foot (Paperback)
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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