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  • Shackleton's Journey

    Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:47

    blog image Young, up-and-coming illustrator William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica. Grill's beautiful use of colored pencils and vibrant hues effortlessly evokes the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition. His impeccably researched drawings, rich with detail, fastidiously reproduce the minutiae of the expedition. Children will love examining the diagrams of the peculiar provisions and the individual drawings of each sled dog and packhorse. This book takes the academic and historical information behind the expedition and reinterprets it for a young audience.

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    This much-anticipated sequel to the classic volume Sneakers: The Complete Collectors Guide is a global reference guide to the very best and most collectible limited-edition sneakers that have been released over the last decade. The first volume was a phenomenal success and a key influence in the transformation of sneaker collecting from an underground subculture into a mainstream, multi-billion dollar business. Following publication of that book, sneaker brands began reissuing classic designs and creating shoes that would spur the second wave of sneaker collecting: limited editions and collaborations between the brands and invited artists, designers, musicians and cultural icons. This sequel showcases the very best of this new sneaker culture, featuring more than 300 designs arranged by brand. Each sneaker is accompanied by informative text and a data box listing Edition, Pack, Year Released, Original Purpose, Technology and Extras. Dive in!

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    And here's a video featuring big names in design, music and fashion chatting about their dream shoes and Sneakers:

  • The Fault in Our Stars

    Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:44

    There'll be tears… The new trailer for The Fault in Our Stars movie went up yesterday. 3 million views already! Still plenty of time to read the book of course before the film is released in June ;-)

    And here's a great selection of other Books on Screen

  • Verve: The Sound of America

    Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:23

    blog imageStep inside jazz's most important label!

    The entire story of jazz from its earliest days in New Orleans to the 1970s and beyond told through archival material from Verve, the genre's most important label. Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the 1950s and 1960s and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald all released records through Verve. This superb new volume presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz. Hundreds of the best examples of iconic seven-inch, ten-inch, and twelve-inch records appear, along with publicity reports, news clippings, posters, telegrams, and programmes.

    Looking beyond the music scene, the book discusses segregation in America, the missions to take jazz to Europe and the world, the clubs, the places, and the people who made Verve great and jazz cool.

    Oh, and it also features 1,200 illustrations to feast your eyes on! Have a look inside below and enjoy a video with jazz expert and author Richard Havers, charting the history of Verve to a selection of its artists' iconic tracks.

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  • The Granny Alphabet

    Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:21

    blog imageArtist-photographer Tim Walker has won a cult following for his surrealist fashion photography. Now he brings his British fantasia to a subject close to his and all our hearts: grandmothers. Pour yourself a cup of tea and step into the enchanted realm of The Granny Alphabet, where twinkling Miss Marple-types elope to Egypt in head-to-toe tartan. Book 1 of this two-volume collection offers Tim Walker's portraits characterful of grannies and the things dearest to them and is accompanied by gently humorous verses written by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. In Book 2, fashion illustrator Lawrence Mynott contributes his own A-Z of drawings of lively old ladies.

    All hail the amazing grannies! Here's a look inside:

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