Booklist

Christmas 2021: Big & Beautiful

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An exquisitely illustrated, one-of-a-kind celebration of the hidden beauty of nature and the ingenuity of birds Susan Ogilvy started painting bird nests almost by accident. One day, while tidying up her garden after a storm, she found a…

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Jones's Icones contains finely delineated paintings of more than 760 species of Lepidoptera, many of which it described for the first time, marking a critical moment in the study of natural history. With Iconotypes Jones's seminal work is…

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In this spellbinding new collection, Charlotte Higgins reinterprets some of the most enduring stories of all time.Here are myths of the creation, of Heracles and Theseus and Perseus, the Trojan war and its origins and aftermaths, tales of…

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A portfolio of new, unpublished work by Quentin Blake, completed by the artist during the lockdowns of 2020-21'In recent years I have found myself working increasingly in sequences of drawings which explore subjects and techniques which…

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Translated by Thomas TealIn the bitter winds of autumn 1963, Tove Jansson, helped by Brunstroem, a maverick fisherman, raced to build a cabin on a treeless skerry in the Gulf of Finland. The island was Klovharun, and for thirty summers Tove…

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Marking the 125th anniversary of William Morris’s death, this is the most wide-ranging, comprehensive – and beautiful – illustrated study of William Morris ever publishedWilliam Morris’s interests were wide-ranging:…

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A groundbreaking A-Z survey of the work of over 300 modern and contemporary artists born or based in AfricaModern and Contemporary African art is at the forefront of the current curatorial and collector movement in today's art scene. This…

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First published in 1814 and expanded in 1821 - long before the era of colour photography or print - Syme's edition of Werner's Nomenclature of Colours attempted to establish a universal colour reference system to help identify, classify and…

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'I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It…

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The essential guide to twentieth-century literature around the worldFor six decades the Penguin Modern Classics series has been an era-defining, ever-evolving series of books, encompassing works by modernist pioneers, avant-garde…

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Soaked in mist and old magic, Storyland is a new illustrated mythology of Britain, set in its wildest landscapes.It begins between the Creation and Noah's Flood, follows the footsteps of the earliest generation of giants from an age when…

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"Magnificent [and] wondrous." The Spectator …

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