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Endless books, friendly faces, and even some coffee and cake – what more could a book lover ask for? To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, we’ve rounded up just a few of our favourite indies – the perfect places to pop round to for an hour (or an afternoon).

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Announcing the first comprehensive overview of Vivienne Westwood’s womenswear collections, from her 1981 debut to today, presented through original catwalk photography.

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From ‘Gamboge Yellow’ to ‘Orpiment Orange’, how does a colour get its name? Here, ‘Nature’s Palette’ author Patrick Baty shares the stories behind five remarkable colours celebrated in the book – including one to be found on the ‘Neck Ruff of the Golden Pheasant’ and the ‘Belly of the Warty Newt’.

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‘Pilgrimage: Journeys of Meaning’ author Peter Stanford explores the extraordinary significance of Jerusalem as a pilgrimage site for believers and non-believers alike.

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As Former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery, Charles Saumarez Smith is well-versed in the making of a museum. Here he explores the changing role of art museums in our lives, tracing the impact of iconic spaces like the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou.

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Inspired by Linda Nochlin's 'Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?', we set up a writing competition in collaboration with Student Art Pass, inviting students to submit non-fiction pieces on what it means to be a minority artist or creative in 2021. They offered new and subversive insights. Here we are excited to share the winning piece by Babar Suleman.

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Gender rebel, anti-artist and master of subversion. This extract from 'Marcel Duchamp (World of Art)' offers an extraordinary glimpse inside the defiant mind of Duchamp – and his female alter-ego Rrose Sélavy.

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In this extract from ‘Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic’, Peter Furtado reflects on the lasting lessons of Covid-19, and what Albert Camus can teach us about the future.

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At the age of 93, Yayoi Kusama is the world’s best-selling female artist. But on her path to success she’s had to grapple with trauma, poverty, sexism, and frightening hallucinations.

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A life-changing accident, an axe-wielding assassin, a tempestuous relationship and more. Discover the remarkable story of Frida Kahlo, whose life and work were shaped by physical and emotional suffering.

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