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Adam Dant’s Political Maps

Adam Dant

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849946919

Price: £ 30.00

Publication date: 30 June 2022

ISBN: 9781849948135

ASIN: B09YYZPDSF

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Publication date: 30 June 2022

Category: Practical Art

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A timely, large-format collection of fine art maps from Adam Dant, looking at the fractious world of politics.

Adam Dant’s Political Maps is an all-new collection of this highly regarded artist’s intricate, absorbing and beautiful maps, this time focused on the world of politics. Informed by his experiences as the official artist of the UK general election in 2015, these glorious works of art are amusing and subversive, hugely imaginative and packed with eye-catching detail.

Themes range across the spectrum of British and global politics past and present, bringing in recent political upheavals (‘Stop That Brexit’) and current issues such as the controversy around certain statues (‘Iconoclastic London’), alongside more timeless subjects like a map of US presidents (‘Presidents of the United States of America’), and, of course, the pandemic (‘Viral London’). Other highlights include:

  • Johnson’s London: Notorious places associated with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, including all the houses he has ever lived in
  • New York Tawk: A visualisation of New York City through a century of its slang
  • British Left Groups: A fascinating history of left-wing parties and pressure groups through the decades
  • Quitting Europe: Brexit encapsulated in exotic European cigarette packets from the artist’s youth

Witty, acerbic and intelligent, this unique collection will delight history enthusiasts, art lovers and politics buffs of all persuasions, and its large format guarantees hours of happy browsing of the densely packed detail Adam Dant brings to all his images.

ABOUT THE Author

Adam Dant studied at the Royal College of Art, London and the MS University Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India. He creates dense, elaborate narrative drawings that examine and depict public contemporary life, space, mythologies and histories. These works are thoroughly researched, with the artist drawing on a deep well of historical and visual sources to create his wittily perceptive detailed drawings. Dant lives and works in London.

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Forever Flowers

Growing and arranging dried flowers

Ann Lindsay

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849947169

Price: £ 14.99

Publication date: 5 May 2022

ISBN: 9781849948128

ASIN: B09YZ1J66Z

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Publication date: 5 May 2022

Category: Crafts

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Learn how to grow and dry flowers, plants and herbs to create dried floral arrangements that will breathe fresh life and style into your home without breaking the bank!

In this contemporary reimagining of a timeless craft, Ann Lindsay Mitchell guides you through the method of drying flowers in three achievable steps: growing, drying and arranging. This excellent source of practical advice is explored through an encyclopaedic list of flowers and foliage with specific information on how to grow, cut and dry them to best effect. From coffee table posies and large arrangements to hand tied-gift bunches and wedding bouquets, beautiful photography accompanies guidance to creating arrangements with your newly dried flowers. 

Filled with delicate watercolour illustrations alongside stunning photography of both simple and elaborate floral arrangements, Forever Flowers is an exceptional guide to growing, drying and arranging. 

Suitable for both experienced professionals and hopeful newcomers to the art of drying flowers, the information in the book is an invaluable resource for all to reference and return to. Anyone can create everlasting arrangements for friends, home or occasions that can be cherished for years to come.

ABOUT THE Author

Ann Lindsay was brought up in a remote rural area of Scotland before entering the hot house world of Haute Couture in Paris and London. After working for Royal Couturier Hardy Amies, she side stepped into a life long career in journalism. Her great love of flowers and plants has encompassed both biographies on 19th century plant hunters to researching the successful methods of growing, collecting and drying plants for everlasting displays.

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300 Most Important Chess Exercises

Study five a week to be a better chessplayer

Thomas Engqvist

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849947510

Price: £ 17.99

Publication date: 5 May 2022

ISBN: 9781849948111

ASIN: B09YZ1NR24

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Publication date: 5 May 2022

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An informative and accessible new book by Thomas Engqvist, the practical follow up to his previous two authoritative chess books: 300 Most Important Chess Positions and 300 Most Important Tactical Chess Positions.

Filled with 300 engaging chess exercises and complete solutions in the end of the book, this book will allow you to apply and consolidate your newfound knowledge. The book is divided into four key sections:

  • 75 exercises practising positional ideas in the opening/middlegame
  • 75 exercises covering the endgame
  • 75 tactical exercises in the opening/middlegame
  • 75 tactical endgames.

The exercises featured in the book are taken from real game positions from various renowned chess players, including Capablanca and Magnus Carlsen. 

Word count: 116,000

ABOUT THE Author

Thomas Engqvist is an International Master from Sweden. He has over 30 years’ experience as a chess coach and teacher. He has worked with players at world championship level in both junior and correspondence chess. He is the author of 300 Most Important Chess Positions and 300 Most Important Tactical Chess Positions, both published by Batsford.

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City Sketching Reimagined

Ideas, exercises, inspiration

Jeanette Barnes

Paul Brandford

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849946902

Price: £ 16.99

Publication date: 7 April 2022

ISBN: 9781849948098

ASIN: B09XBTN7TW

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Publication date: 7 April 2022

Category: Practical Art

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Acclaimed Royal Academy artist Jeanette Barnes and Paul Brandford breathe new life into sketching for town and city dwellers everywhere.

Mercurial, inspirational, practical and charming, this guide covers everything from architecture to accidental paintings, cocktails to clouds, smudges to skyscrapers.

With easily digested bite-size entries, it introduces many types of art materials, their uses and a number of insights and exercises to build confidence in a range of approaches to drawing. For the more experienced sketcher, the artists discuss the processes behind drawing and strategies to inject more creativity and open-mindedness about how to take a drawing forward.

With great charm, the book gives a window onto the experiences of Jeanette, who has travelled to many cities worldwide in search of inspiring city subjects and a half-decent cocktail. Full of tips and ideas about working on location and back in the studio, this book is filled with the scribbles, sketches and preparatory drawings that feed into the larger works for which she is known.

As a whole, the book is a multipurpose tool which can be used to unlock the potential of drawing both technically and philosophically so that the reader can be the architect of their own drawing experience rather than the recipient of someone else’s. 

After thirty years of drawing, many of them teaching, the authors still feel an excitement when picking up a pencil or some charcoal. This book gives every reader the chance to share that excitement and bring urban living to life. 

 

ABOUT THE Author

Jeanette Barnes and Paul Brandford have taught drawing for three decades, during that time they have between them worked for a range of art institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Drawing School, the Courtauld, and the NSEAD. As practicing artists they have exhibited widely and won major prizes in the field of drawing, although their own works are particularly distinct from one another’s they share a similar grounding to drawing which can be traced back to their art educations in the 1980s. 

Jeanette Barnes, known for her urban sketching, was awarded the Henry Moore Scholarship in 1984 and 1987-90, the Richard Ford Spanish Scholarship in 1987 and was the Jerwood Drawing 2004 prize winner. In 2006 Jeanette was accepted to exhibit in the Royal Academy Summer Show in London at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Her work is held in public and private collections in the UK, Austria, Germany and the USA.

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‘City Sketching Reimagined … is not just about drawing cities in a new way; the book itself is a massive break from other how-to urban sketching books … ideal for anyone who wants to break out of their urban sketching routine and create something remarkable’


Art Tool Kit

‘A fresh and encouraging introduction to drawing’


Leisure Painter

Such a Sweet Singing

Poetry to Empower Every Woman

Kirsty Gunn

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849947152

Price: £ 12.99

Publication date: 7 April 2022

ISBN: 9781849948104

ASIN: B09XBQX2BR

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Publication date: 7 April 2022

Category: Poetry

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A beautiful collection of poems to nourish, inspire and change the women who read them.

This transformative collection of poems by female poets through the ages sing to us across the centuries. These poems span the worlds of desire, love and friendship, of responsibility, hardship and care, of family and friends and lovers. Their words empower us with strength and courage, fill us with verve and spirit, and inspire creativity and imagination.

Contemporary voices of Fiona Benson and Jane Yeh join the evocative imagery of Christina Rossetti, Anna Akhmatova and Emily Dickinson. Even the haunting voices of ancient Sappho, Venmaniputti and Li Qingzhao touch today’s generation. Here are poems written by women, with women’s lives in mind. As Gertrude Stein writes, ‘such a sweet singing’ is in the poetry that comes to us clear and lovely from out of the dark. 

Read these poems aloud. Remember them. Share them. 

ABOUT THE Editor

Kirsty Gunn is a novelist and writer of short stories. Her stories include “Rain”, which led to the 2001 film of the same name, and her novel The Boy and the Sea won the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year award in 2007. Her 2012 novel The Big Music won the Book of the Year in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. She is professor of writing practice at the University of Dundee.

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'A book worth shouting about, whispering with, and treasuring’


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A History of the World in 100 Limericks

There was an Old Geezer called Caesar

Mick Twister

Pitkin

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ISBN: 9781841659404

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 5 May 2022

ISBN: 9781841659558

ASIN: B09Z366GHW

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Publication date: 5 May 2022

Category: Humour

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There is a young fellow named Mick

Who’s adapted the old limerick

To cover, with mirth

The whole history of Earth

And what made its characters tick.

These 100 lively and humorous limericks take us back to before beginning of time itself and the Big Bang to present day. Covering everyone’s favourite history lessons (and a few surprising ones too!), Mick Twister has cleverly raided the tomes of the past, picked at the bones of the world’s greatest figures, moments and events and condensed the most complex of human activities into short and hilarious poems to make you chuckle.

From a geezer called Caesar to What a Load of Bankers (about the financial crisis), this is the funniest way to learn about the past. Henry VIII, Mary Wollstonecraft, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Alan Turing all get the limerick treatment along with important events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Abolition of Slavery, the Berlin Wall’s Rise and Fall and the Arab Spring.

Accompanied by amazing illustrations and witty remarks, you’ll discover the history of the world… and laugh out loud as you do so. Who ever said that history was boring had clearly never read this book!

ABOUT THE Author

Mick Twister is a London-based television journalist in international news, and part-time cryptic crossword compiler. Since inventing the @twitmerick in May 2011, he has been tweeting the news in daily limericks. Twitmericks have been reproduced by the Washington Post and the New Statesman. He is the author of There Was an Old Geezer Called Ceasar, published in 2013 by Portico.

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A History of Royal Britain in 100 Objects

Gill Knappett

Pitkin

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ISBN: 9781841659527

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Publication date: 27 October 2022

Category: History

Over 1000 years of royal history told through 100 fascinating objects.

From the glory of coronation regalia to coins, from imposing statues to stamps, from distinguished medals to monuments, and from beautiful artworks to Edward VIII’s abdication document, each item in this book has a fascinating story to tell. 

Ordered chronologically by monarch, from Alfred the Great to Queen Elizabeth II, this fully illustrated book takes a regal journey through the centuries. Discover the significance of each object – some famous, others more obscure – and how the royal ruler connected to it shaped the course of history in this celebration of the British monarchy.

ABOUT THE Author

Gill Knappett is an author and editor with a wealth of experience. She has worked on many Pitkin guidebooks over more than 20 years, often specialising in royal titles and many of Britain’s best-loved places to visit.

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Brian Cook’s Cathedrals of England Jigsaw

1000-piece jigsaw

B T Batsford

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849948012

Price: £ 15.99

Publication date: 27 October 2022

Category: Games

1000-piece jigsaw puzzle of an iconic cathedral illustration from book designer and artist Brian Cook.

Immerse yourself in the colourful world of Brian Cook’s vision of England. This bright and brilliant vintage illustration of Gloucester cathedral featured on the dust jacket of the 1934 book The Cathedrals of England by Charles Fry.

Now available as a jigsaw puzzle for the first time to provide you with hours of mindful entertainment. The box includes 1000 jigsaw pieces in a sustainable paper bag. Once completed, the jigsaw puzzle measures 70 x 50 cm.

The book jackets that Brian Cook designed for B. T. Batsford through the 1930s and 1940s are much-loved, timeless pieces of illustrative art and highly collectable. The Landscape of England from the same popular heritage book series is also available as a jigsaw puzzle.

Brian Cook’s Landscape of England Jigsaw

1000-piece jigsaw

B T Batsford

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849948005

Price: £15.99

Publication date: 27 October 2022

Category: Games

1000-piece jigsaw puzzle of an iconic landscape illustration from book designer and artist Brian Cook.

Lose yourself in the rolling hills based loosely on the headlands of Great and Little Hangman, North Devon. This inviting scene, available as a jigsaw puzzle for the first time, featured on the dust jacket of the 1933 book Landscape of England by Charles Bradley Ford. The illustration was also exhibited at the Arts Council Exhibition ‘Landscapes in Britain 1850–1950’ at the Hayward Gallery in 1983.

The box includes 1000 jigsaw pieces in a sustainable paper bag. Once completed, the jigsaw puzzle measures 70 x 50 cm.

The book jackets that Brian Cook designed for B. T. Batsford through the 1930s and 1940s are much-loved, timeless pieces of illustrative art and highly collectable. The Cathedrals of England from the same popular heritage book series is also available as a jigsaw puzzle.

Green Woodworking Pattern Book

300 woodland projects from spoons to stools

Ray Tabor

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849947992

Price: £ 20.00

Publication date: 13 October 2022

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A guide to green woodworking, with detailed patterns to create beautiful projects.

Discover hundreds of projects for working with unseasoned wood in this essential book. Ray Tabor, an unparalleled expert in green woodworking guides you through this old, traditional craft.

Whether you are new to the craft and are looking for a simple project like a spoon or a bowl or want something challenging, you will find it here. The 300 patterns for the home and garden range from wattle gates to lemon juicers, from chairs, benches and stools to baskets, whistles and door wedges.

Green woodworking involves the use of freshly felled timber (unseasoned wood), and embraces a number of traditional woodland crafts, including turning and carving. All patterns come with detailed dimensions in both metric and imperial. Each item has annotated black-and-white patterns, a brief description, historical information and details of the materials that should be used. Includes the simplest of woodland designs to more advanced, with something to suit every skill level.

Both a historical record and a sourcebook for those looking to use their green woodworking skills to make traditional items of beauty, this is the perfect book for anyone interested  in whittling, woodland crafts and woodworking. 

 

A Nature Poem for Every Winter Evening

Jane McMorland Hunter

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849947985

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 13 October 2022

Category: Poetry

Poems to celebrate the winter season.

A wonderful bedside companion for a frosty winter’s evening, with poems to immerse yourself in the season. From William Shakespeare to John Keats to Katherine Mansfield, the finest poets that ever put pen to paper describe this beautiful and sometimes terrible season.

With one entry for every day through winter, from 1st December until 28th or 29th February, this is the ideal book to take you through the darker months and find joy and comfort in nature.

In December ‘Gaunt in gloom’ begins James Joyce’s ‘Nightpiece’. In January, there’s a ‘certain slant of light for Emily Dickinson, while ‘the dull dead wind is out of tune’ for Oscar Wilde. And in February, the last month of meteorological winter, William Morris muses ‘From this chill thaw to dream of blossomed May’.

This beautiful and collectable anthology of poems derives from the popular A Poem for Every Night of the Year and also features wintry poems by Alice Oswald, Edward Lear, Emily Brontë, William Wordsworth, Ted Hughes and many more.

ABOUT THE Author

Jane McMorland Hunter is a passionate lover of the written word who works at Hatchards bookshop when not writing. She has written and edited several books, including Ode to London, Favourite Poems of England, A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year, Friends: A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year. She lives in London. 

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The Crown’s Royal Britain

Gill Knappett

Pitkin

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ISBN: 9781841659374

Price: £ 7.99

Publication date: 3 March 2022

ISBN: 9781841659480

ASIN: B09V3BZLPS

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Publication date: 10 March 2022

Category: Biography

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Join us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the filming locations for the award-winning Netflix series The Crown.

The series recreates the romance and intrigue at the heart of our very own royal family and within these pages we seek out the settings so integral to the story, linking each ‘fictional’ site to its real-life counterpart.

Covering the first four series, starting with Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Prince Philip in 1947 and concluding in 1990 – in particular with the relationship of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer following their 1981 wedding – this is the perfect opportunity for every fan of The Crown to follow in the footsteps of royalty.

Stunning Ely Cathedral provides the backdrop to the iconic Westminster Abbey where Princess Elizabeth’s wedding took place, while Belvoir Castle, Hatfield House and Burghley House are just three of the fine locations that ‘double’ as Windsor Castle. Historic Winchester Cathedral transforms into St Paul’s Cathedral in the run-up to the wedding of Charles and Diana, its versatility also seeing it representing both Romsey Abbey and Westminster Abbey.

Sweeping across Britain from London and the home counties to the Welsh treasure that is Caernarfon Castle, heading north to Manchester and Liverpool and onwards to the majestic Scottish Highlands, The Crown’s Royal Britain takes you on a royal tour of Britain and the venues that were an inspiration for this special drama.

Many of the featured sites are open to the public so as well as learning about how these places played their part you can visit and enjoy the real spectacle in person.

ABOUT THE Author

Gill Knappett is an author and editor with a wealth of experience. She has worked on many Pitkin guidebooks over more than 20 years, often specialising in royal titles and many of Britain’s best-loved places to visit.

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