May 2017 (39)

Why Draw?

ISBN: 9783791356068

Author: Joachim Homann    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Presenting historic and contemporary selections from one of the nation’s oldest collections of drawings, this richly illustrated and highly engaging volume ex...


Presenting historic and contemporary selections from one of the nation’s oldest collections of drawings, this richly illustrated and highly engaging volume explores the significance and pleasures found in tracing movements of the hand on paper by asking the question “Why Draw?” An intimate art form, drawing offers a direct connection to one’s imagination; a means of exercising the eye, brain, and the hand; and a way to spark new ideas and resolve pictorial challenges.This volume features more than 100 exceptional drawings, pastels, watercolors, and collages from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, which has been collecting drawings since the 1811 bequest of James Bowdoin III. The works exemplify what compels artists to draw and thus illustrate the ongoing relevanceof drawing as the most foundational artistic practice. Gathered here for the first time in a book, the range, quality, and uniquenessof the drawings will captivate anyone interested in drawing as an art form. Reproduced in gorgeous color illustrations, works from Peter Paul Rubens to Mary Cassatt, Ed Ruscha, and Jim Dine are accompanied by brief commentary. Statements from acclaimed contemporary artists, leading curators, and distinguished scholars provide insights into the creative process. “Why Draw?” grants personal access to this singular, evolving collection and will appeal to art lovers everywhere.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 176


Dimensions: 240 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2017


$125.00
Dolly on Dolly

ISBN: 9781613735169

Authors: Dolly Parton, Randy L. Schmidt    Publisher: Chicago Review Press

"Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly," declares Dolly Parton. Dolly's is a rags-to-riches tale like no other. A dirt-poor Smoky Mountain childhood paved the way for t...


"Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly," declares Dolly Parton. Dolly's is a rags-to-riches tale like no other. A dirt-poor Smoky Mountain childhood paved the way for the buxom blonde butterfly's metamorphosis from singer-songwriter to international music superstar. The undisputed "Queen of Country Music," Dolly has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has conquered just about every facet of the entertainment industry: music, film, television, publishing, theater, and even theme parks. It has been more than fifty years since Dolly Parton arrived in Nashville with just her guitar and a dream. Her story has been told many times and in many ways, but never like this. Dolly on Dolly is a collection of interviews spanning five decades of her career and featuring material gathered from celebrated publications including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. Also included are interviews which have not been previously available in print. Dolly's feisty and irresistible brand of humor, combined with her playful, pull-up-a-chair-and-stay-awhile delivery, makes for a fascinating and inviting experience in down-home philosophy and storytelling. Much like her patchwork "Coat of Many Colors," this book harkens back to the legendary entertainer's roots and traces her evolution, stitching it all together one piece at a time.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 416


Dimensions: 153 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 08-05-2017


Tags: May 2017   Biography   Music
$59.99
Billie Holiday

ISBN: 9781681120935

Authors: Jose Munoz, Carlos Sampayo    Publisher: Independent Publishers Group

Born in Baltimore in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managin...


Born in Baltimore in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence...), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie. Through this investigation, Muñoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz. By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Muñoz' strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 80


Dimensions: 230 x 304 mm


Publication Date: 08-05-2017


$45.00
Air Battle for Dunkirk

ISBN: 9781910690475

Author: Norman L.R. Franks    Publisher: Grub Street

With the epic blockbuster film Dunkirk, to be released in July 2017, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring, amongst others, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and ...


With the epic blockbuster film Dunkirk, to be released in July 2017, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring, amongst others, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance, this reissue has never been more timely. 'Where is the RAF?' was the oft-quoted question asked by soldiers waiting on the beach at Dunkirk, to where they had retreated following the German blitzkrieg through northern France, and where they were now being pounded by the Luftwaffe. The air forces were there, as Norman Franks proves, detailing the outstanding achievements of the Allied pilots who fought, using outmoded tactics, against enemy pilots who had earlier had easy victories over the Polish, Dutch and Belgian air forces. The RAF's achievement reminds us just how close Britain came to disaster in June 1940.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2017


Tags: May 2017   April 2018   Military   History
$29.99
From Jet Provost to Strikemaster

ISBN: 9781910690352

Author: David Watkins    Publisher: Grub Street

This book covers the complete and long overdue history of the Hunting/BAC Jet Provost and Strikemaster, which for thirty-eight years trained generations of pilo...


This book covers the complete and long overdue history of the Hunting/BAC Jet Provost and Strikemaster, which for thirty-eight years trained generations of pilots and pioneered the RAF's all-through flying training programme. Originally designed and built in 1951 as a private venture by Percival Aircraft in Luton, the Jet Provost became the primary jet-powered training aircraft for the RAF following a series of experimental courses at RAF Hullavington in 1955. By 1957, there was a contract for the production order of 100 Jet Provost T Mk. 3s. The Jet Provost even had a display flying team between 1958 and 1976 but was eventually withdrawn from RAF service in July 1993.The development of the BAC 167 Strikemaster in the 1960s saw a light-attack aircraft designed for counter-insurgency operations and predominantly used by overseas air forces. Adopted by thirteen air forces, both types have seen an array of action - from the Dhofar War to operating as close support and counter-insurgency against well-armed, communist-back guerrillas.Despite some 723 Jet Provost and Strikemaster airframes produced between 1954 and 1983, these aircraft have been overlooked in contrast to other jet types in the same period until now. David Watkins has produced an extensive look at these aircraft after years of painstaking research assisted by veterans and historians. Having accessed the archives of the Warton Collection, he has amassed a range of rare photography to accompany the extraordinary history of these jets. Jet Provost and Strikemaster is a work of narrative and technical detail which will satisfy the most avid aviation fans.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 185 x 246 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2017


Tags: May 2017   Military
$65.00
Canberra Boys

ISBN: 9781910690338

Author: Andrew Brookes    Publisher: Grub Street

The English Electric Canberra first came into production in the late 1940s and has since played a hugely significant part in world events. In Canberra Boys, And...


The English Electric Canberra first came into production in the late 1940s and has since played a hugely significant part in world events. In Canberra Boys, Andrew Brookes takes us through its rich history with the help of those who operated this magnificent machine. Contributors include Roly 'Bee' Beamont, the English Electric test pilot who first flew the aircraft in 1949. As part of the expansion of the RAF's Bomber Command in the 1950s, RAF Binbrook was the first station to house four Canberra squadrons, starting with 101 Squadron in May 1951. Since then and throughout the 20th century, the Canberra operated across the globe in Europe, South America and South East Asia. It has served an array of air forces such as the USAF, Australian air force and the Indian air force - the third largest operator of the Canberra after the RAF and USAF.This led to the Canberra playing a crucial role as a photo-reconnaissance aircraft in phenomenal operations like the Suez Campaign, the nuclear tests of Operation Grapple and the Indonesian Confrontation.Other tales in the book include participation in the Sassoon Trophy competition, long-distance flights in Exercise Round Trip, and Operation Quick Flight. Concluding with the Canberra PR9's final RAF flight on 39 Squadron in July 2006, this book provides a detailed and fascinating history of an outstanding aircraft alongside illuminating anecdotes from the men who served with this aircraft. Vulcan To The Sky are restoring Canberra WK163 to flight in 2017/18.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2017


Tags: May 2017   Military
$55.00
Man Facts

ISBN: 9781849539852

Author: Dan Bridges    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

It’s time to celebrate your inner geek with this treasure trove of lists and prime cuts of knowledge. Time to brush up on what you’d forgotten or misremembe...


It’s time to celebrate your inner geek with this treasure trove of lists and prime cuts of knowledge. Time to brush up on what you’d forgotten or misremembered, and discover what you never had a clue was true. Ranging across history, science and the natural world, taking in sport, film, food and much more, Man Facts gives you a wealth of up-to-date stats and eye-opening trivia that will make you a general-knowledge genius, or at least help you nail your next pub quiz. Dig in.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 135 x 204 mm


Publication Date: 07-02-2017


Tags: May 2017   Education   Humour & Gift
$27.99
For the Best Dad Ever

ISBN: 9781786850171

Author: Tim Fenton    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

DIY experts, spider catchers, barbecue masters - these are just some of dad's many talents. And the perfect way to say thanks for everything he does is with thi...


DIY experts, spider catchers, barbecue masters - these are just some of dad's many talents. And the perfect way to say thanks for everything he does is with this imaginative gift book. Crammed with witty quotes, handy hacks, snack ideas and teasing puzzles, it will let your old man know, without a doubt, that he's the best dad ever.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 135 x 185 mm


Publication Date: 08-05-2017


Tags: May 2017   Humour & Gift
$27.99
Always Look on the Bright Side

ISBN: 9781786850232

Author: SUMMERSDALE    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

This little book of sunshine is bursting with witty an optomistic quotes, perfect for those who always see life sunny side up, and for those who might need remi...


This little book of sunshine is bursting with witty an optomistic quotes, perfect for those who always see life sunny side up, and for those who might need reminding of the silver lining now and then.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 08-05-2017


Tags: May 2017   Humour & Gift
$17.99
Don't Worry, Be Happy

ISBN: 9781786850256

Author: SUMMERSDALE    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Life's too short to fret away your days - there's so much to celebrate, if only you take the time to notice it! Packed with upbeat sayings and carefree quotes, ...


Life's too short to fret away your days - there's so much to celebrate, if only you take the time to notice it! Packed with upbeat sayings and carefree quotes, this little book will help you de-stress and see the lighter, brighter side of each and every day.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 08-05-2017


Tags: May 2017   Humour & Gift
$17.99
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