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Thames & Hudson author and editor Evie Tarr recently caught up with celebrated artist and album cover designer Leif Podhajský to chat about Leif’s new monograph ‘New Psychedelia’. The pair explored mind-bending artwork, digital rituals, why contemplating death can be comforting, and how 21st century life is its own psychedelic drug.

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Gabby Dawnay’s ‘The Library Book’ helps young readers understand the variety of brilliant books available to them through their local library. From spooky stories to historical tales, this handy flowchart can help match kids to their next perfect read.

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A no-good piece of fruit is here! Download your free activity sheets for kids inspired by the brand new picture book 'Bad Apple', and get baking, rhyming, scribbling and sticking.

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Young history buffs can delve into the world of ancient Egypt with these fun-filled activity sheets inspired by Dr Chris Naunton’s ‘King Tutankhamun Tells All!’. Discover how to write using hieroglyphics and learn common words used by Egyptologists.

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Jeremy Black’s ‘France: A Short History’ explores the legacy of this extraordinary country, whose dramatic history is populated by artists, martyrs and revolutionaries, and whose chateaux and cathedrals, boulevards and vineyards continue to enthral the world. In the extracts below, embark on a tour of some key touchstones of French history and culture.

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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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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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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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