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May Morris: A Remarkable Woman

11 Jun, 2019

Born in 1862, May Morris followed became an accomplished artist, but her life and work have been obscured: only recently has her talent been fully understood. We celebrate her contribution to art and activism.

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Drawing from Life

11 Jun, 2019

Edgar Degas’s interest in the day-to-day activities of ordinary people changed painting forever, while his commitment to drawing was no less radical.

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Author Interviews

Retail Tales: Shopping in the Digital Age

11 Jun, 2019

We live in a fascinating retail era. As the aftershocks from retail parks, Amazon and the ‘death of the high street’ reverberate, a recalibration of shops and their function seems to be taking place. From ‘Boxparks’ made of shipping containers to pop-up concession shops-within-shops, from lifestyle record/book/coffee stores to ad hoc hipster street stalls, there are untold experiments in getting people not just spending their money, but enjoying doing so.

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The Cranky Caterpillar

11 Jun, 2019

Illustrator Richard Graham explains how his trips to Tate and his visits to the junk shops of Liverpool helped him come up with the idea of caterpillar living in a piano.

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During a period of huge political tension between East and West, Harry Gruyaert photographed two worlds apparently in polar opposition – Las Vegas and Los Angeles in 1981, and Moscow in 1989. A new book reproduces almost 100 photographs from these series, over 70 for the first time.

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Author Interviews

New Bookshop Magic from Jen Campbell

11 Jun, 2019

Jen Campbell and bookshops are a well-known and much loved combination. She is the author of two volumes of the hilarious 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops', based on her experience as a bookseller, and 'The Bookshop Book', in which she sought out 200 weirdly wonderful and individual bookshops across six continents. Now Jen has created her own bookshop…

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Author Interviews

The Prehistory Men

11 Jun, 2019

In the early 1980s, archaeologist Paul Bahn brought a group of visitors to the Pech Merle Museum of prehistoric art in the Lot valley, which at the time was curated by Michel Lorblanchet, a leading authority on Palaeolithic art. Some 30 years after that first meeting the idea for their book 'The First Artists: In Search of the World’s Oldest Art' was born. Here, these two leading lights discuss the oldest and, arguably, greatest art of all.

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Author Interviews

Sensorial Links: Caz Hildebrand's Life of Spice

11 Jun, 2019

It's hard to think of anyone who could have created 'The Grammar of Spice' with its seamless weaving of decoration and reference, poetry and history. As a designer, Caz Hildebrand has worked on books by some of the people most responsible for broadening the vocabulary of seasoning in western cooking, notably Yotam Ottolenghi, and Sam and Sam Clark of Moro. And, as we shall see, she has had her own journey through the understanding of global cuisines, which has tied into her own work.

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Authors Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton discuss their book 'Firecrackers' – a vivid showcase of work by more than thirty of the world’s leading contemporary female documentary photographers.

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On the eve of World War Two, a Polish publisher took the unusual step of commissioning an advertising duo to illustrate some children’s verse. The result was a landmark in the history of picture books.

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