For over a decade Tom Gauld’s comic strips have enlivened the Guardian. His wicked sense of humour attacks bookshops, customers and authors in a gentle yet astute way with ‘Poetry Anthologies for People Who Don’t Like Poetry’ and a ten-week procrastination course for creative writers. Hatchards is obviously nothing like this.
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In a collection of short illustrated essays, Neil Gaiman argues, amongst other things, that reading for pleasure is one of the most important things one can do (we heartily agree). From building a chair to safeguarding libraries and librarians, he shows how imagination and creativity can make the world a better place. Based on a speech he made in 2013, his brilliant ideas are now complemented by Chris Riddell’s matchless illustrations.
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The collector is Sergei Shchukin, a nineteenth-century textile merchant with a great eye for beauty. He was the first collector to conceive a Museum of Modern Art and his collection, which included Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, was seen as revolutionary at the time, inspiring awe and ridicule in equal measure. This is the first time his story has been available in English.
Eric Ravilious regarded his scrapbooks as working tools and the authors have made it possible to understand their development and the way the artist used and reinvented motifs and patterns throughout his working life. With over a hundred and seventy images this is an ideal companion to the authors’ earlier Edward Bawden Scrapbooks.
The choicest Parisian apartments artfully combine vintage and contemporary styles, each property being a creation as well as a home. With over six hundred photographs and watercolour illustrations and a jacket that opens to become an inspiring Parisian collage, the book is a work of art in its own right.
Produced in association with the Royal Oak Foundation and the National Trust this spectacular book allows the reader to see inside Britain’s most important historic homes. Essays by historian David Cannadine and other leading specialists and an introduction by country house expert Jeremy Musson, are accompanied by three hundred photographs of properties such as Knole, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Blenheim and many more.