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By Tom Sellers. 2016
The story behind life in a world-renown Michelin-starred restaurant.Tom Sellers is a luminary of the British culinary scene. His Restaurant…Story opened its doors in April 2013; its innovative literary-inspired menu, taking diners on 'a personal journey through food', has won him huge critical and public acclaim. Story was awarded its first Michelin star just five months after opening. This stunning book will be your chance to enter the visionary mind of one of the most original chefs of our time, and discover the truth behind the tales of his brilliant food.
By Christine Sykes. 2021
When Gough Whitlam moves into her street in Cabramatta in 1957, eight-year-old Christine has little idea how her new neighbour,…one of the most visionary and polarising political leaders of Australia, would shape the direction of her life. Born to working-class parents and living in a fibro house built by her truck-driver father, Christine simply dreams that one day she might work as a private secretary like her aunt. But when the reforms Whitlam championed give Christine the chance to go to university, her world expands. She experiences the transformative power of education, struggles to balance motherhood with being the family breadwinner, and faces her own mental health battles. She follows a path forged by Whitlam, from scholarships he fought for, to local community initiatives he generated, and even as far as China, where Whitlam crucially initiated Australia&’s relationship when he visited the country in 1973. Written with genuine heart and humour, Gough and Me is a nostalgic and deeply personal memoir of social mobility, cultural diversity, and the unprecedented opportunities that the Whitlam era gave one Australian working-class woman.
By Jerrie Cobb, Jane Reiker. 2020
Fascinating autobiography of the pioneering female pilot and women’s advocate Jerrie Cobb.Jerrie Cobb (1931-2019) was teaching men to fly by…the age of 19, and in her twenties set several records for speed, distance and altitude. She was part of the Mercury 13, a group of women who, in a privately funded venture in 1959, underwent the same physiological testing that the men of the Mercury 7 program were subjected to. She was the first of the group to undergo the testing and the only one to pass all three phases. Nevertheless she was not considered a candidate for space travel by NASA, though she was appointed as a consultant to the space program in 1961.
By Frida Kahlo. 2018
Frida Kahlo is regarded as one of Mexico's greatest painters: her extraordinary personal style, her tragic story, her relationship with…Diego Rivera (the more famous painter in their day) alongside her passionate paintings have made her a cult figure since she died over sixty years ago.But beyond the familiar images there is a private story about a daughter who confided in her beloved mama, Matilde Calderon Kahlo. Until now Frida's handwritten letters have only been available to scholars - and recently in Spanish in a book that appeared in 2016. Now for the first time we have over fifty of these letters in English.And what a treasure. Funny, observant and honest, they chart Kahlo's relationship with her mother; a relationship that was sometimes fraught - as with most mother and daughters - but was always alive and honest. They begin in 1923 when Kahlo was sixteen and continue until the death of her mother in 1932. These letters tell us about Kahlo's anxieties, her feelings about her husband and friends and above all reveal the marvellous, critical painter's eye in her description of people and places from Mexico, San Francisco and New York. Edited, translated and introduced by Dr. Héctor Jaimes, Professor of Spanish, North Carolina State University (who edited the Spanish version) this book is published with paintings and photographs.
By Eddie Braben. 2004
The hilarious memoir of Britain's best-loved, highly successful comedy writer Eddie Braben, whose scripts for Morecambe and Wise catapulted the…incomparable duo to stardom. The key figure behind the success of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, scriptwriter Eddie Braben has written his autobiography - with the inimitable, timeless humour, warmth and affection for Eric and Ernie of that wonderful bygone era which made their classic sketches so successful. From Liverpool to London and on to Snowdonia, Braben peppers his story with wonderful anecdotes about the original straight man and his amiable sidekick. The Book What I Wrote is as much a unique biography of the charismatic Eric and Ernie as it is an autobiography of the man on whose gags their success was made.
By Lilly Dancyger. 2021
Despite her parents' struggles with addiction, Lilly Dancyger always thought of her childhood as a happy one. But what happens…when a journalist interrogates her own rosy memories to reveal the instability around the edges? Dancyger's father, Joe Schactman, was part of the iconic 1980s East Village art scene. He created provocative sculptures out of found materials like animal bones, human hair, and broken glass, and brought his young daughter into his gritty, iconoclastic world. She idolized him—despite the escalating heroin addiction that sometimes overshadowed his creative passion. When Schactman died suddenly, just as Dancyger was entering adolescence, she went into her own self-destructive spiral, raging against a world that had taken her father away. As an adult, Dancyger began to question the mythology she'd created about her father—the brilliant artist, struck down in his prime. Using his sculptures, paintings, and prints as a guide, Dancyger sought out the characters from his world who could help her decode the language of her father's work to find the truth of who he really was.
By Heather Rose. 2016
'One of my stand-out Australian reads from 2016 . . . A glorious novel, meditative and special' Hannah Kent, author…of BURIAL RITESArky Levin, a film composer in New York, has promised his wife that he will not visit her in hospital, where she is suffering in the final stages of a terminal illness. She wants to spare him a burden that would curtail his creativity, but the promise is tearing him apart. One day he finds his way to MOMA and sees Mariana Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do.
"A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea . . . Egan's spirited biography might just bring…[Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life." -- Washington Post Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent's original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance -- ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian. "A darn good yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero." -- San Francisco Chronicle "A riveting biography of an American original." - Boston Globe
By Alexander Nemerov. 2021
A dazzling biography of one of the twentieth century's most respected painters, Helen Frankenthaler, as she came of age as…an artist in postwar New York "The magic of Alexander Nemerov's portrait of Helen Frankenthaler in Fierce Poise is that it reads like one of Helen's paintings. His poetic descriptions of her work and his rich insights into the years when Helen made her first artistic breakthroughs are both light and lush, seemingly easy and yet profound. His book is an ode to a truly great artist who, some seventy years after this story begins, we are only now beginning to understand."— Mary Gabriel, author of Ninth Street Women At the dawn of the 1950s, a promising and dedicated young painter named Helen Frankenthaler, fresh out of college, moved back home to New York City to make her name. By the decade's end, she had succeeded in establishing herself as an important American artist of the postwar period. In the years in between, she made some of the most daring, head-turning paintings of her day and also came into her own as a woman: traveling the world, falling in and out of love, and engaging in an ongoing artistic education. She also experienced anew—and left her mark on—the city in which she had been raised in privilege as the daughter of a judge, even as she left the security of that world to pursue her artistic ambitions. Brought to vivid life by acclaimed art historian Alexander Nemerov, these defining moments—from her first awed encounter with Jackson Pollock's drip paintings to her first solo gallery show to her tumultuous breakup with eminent art critic Clement Greenberg—comprise a portrait as bold and distinctive as the painter herself. Inspired by Pollock and the other male titans of abstract expressionism but committed to charting her own course, Frankenthaler was an artist whose talent was matched only by her unapologetic determination to distinguish herself in a man's world. Fierce Poise is an exhilarating ride through New York's 1950s art scene and a brilliant portrait of a young artist through the moments that shaped her
By Lázaro Droznes. 2018
L'incredibile storia di Han van Meegeren, il pittore olandese che ha prodotto i falsi di Vermeer, ha ingannato gli stessi…olandesi, ne ha venduto uno a Herman Goering e alla fine ha dovuto confessare il suo crimine per salvarsi dalla pena di morte, accusato di alto tradimento. Dopo il processo è diventato un eroe nazionale per aver imbrogliato i nazisti. Queste confessioni furono un terremoto nella comunità pittorica dell'Olanda e del mondo intero, poiché le sue falsificazioni erano state accettate all'unanimità e, una di esse, il "Cristo in Emmaus", fu considerata il miglior Vermeer di tutte. Questa finzione, basata su eventi reali, ci porta a riflettere sul concetto di autenticità nell'arte e sulla validità dei concetti tradizionali di verità e bellezza: un dipinto non è più bello quando viene scoperto come falso? Perché le persone perdono interesse per un'opera d'arte se non è autentica? Perché la natura umana non ci permette di godere dell'estetica di un falso Vermeer che ci piaceva prima di scoprire che fosse un falso? Il business dell'arte è una bufala?
By Christopher P. Semtner. 2014
One of the most popular poems in the English language, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" has thrilled generations of readers.…In 1882, the Anglo-American artist James Carling decided to produce the definitive series of illustrations for the poem. Carling's bizarre images explore the darkest recesses of Poe's masterpiece, its hidden symbolism and its strange beauty. Although the series remained unpublished at the time of the artist's early death in 1887, the drawings reemerged fifty years later, when they entered the collection of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond. There they lined the blood-red walls of a Raven Room dedicated to their display. For the first time, author and Poe historian Christopher P. Semtner reproduces the entire series and tells the story behind these haunting works.
By Cristina Oxtra. 2020
Stan Lee is one of the most influential people in the comic book world. The memorable heroes he created, including…Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and Daredevil, helped build Marvel Comics into the publishing powerhouse we know today.
By Ross Feld. 2003
In the years following his controversial 1970 exhibition at the Marlborough Galleries, Philip Guston was generally viewed as yesterday's scandal,…a maverick who had abandoned abstract expressionism and, with it, the adulation of the art world. Few paid serious attention to the disturbing, profound work he was producing in his Woodstock studio. So when Ross Feld, a young novelist and critic, wrote a penetrating review of Guston's latest show, the artist sent him a letter of appreciation: "I felt . . . as if we knew each other and had many discussions about painting and literature. In a word—I felt recognition."Thus began a remarkable friendship. Feld, a frequent visitor to Guston's studio where the two men would talk late into the night, became Guston's intellectual sparring partner and sounding board—"I'll shout it right out," Guston wrote to Feld, "you inspire me to paint again!"—as well as the artist's most eloquent critic and champion. Guston in Time is Feld's final tribute, and it is at once a testament to a friendship, a provocative and richly nuanced study of one of the twentieth century's most important artists, and a portrait of a remarkable character.
By Richard Thompson. 2021
An intimate look at the early years of one of the world&’s most significant and influential guitarists and songwriters. In this moving and…immersive memoir, Richard Thompson, international and longtime beloved music legend, recreates the spirit of the 1960s, where he found, and then lost, and then found his way again. Known for his brilliant songwriting, his extraordinary guitar playing, and his haunting voice, Thompson is considered one of the top twenty guitarists of all time, in the songwriting pantheon alongside Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Randy Newman. Now, in his long-awaited memoir, the British folk musician takes us back to the late 1960s, a period of great change and creativity—both for him and for the world at large. Thompson packed more than a lifetime of experiences into his late teens and twenties. During the pivotal years of 1967 to 1975, just as he was discovering his passion for music, he formed the band Fairport Convention with some schoolmates and helped establish the genre of British folk rock. That led to a heady period of songwriting and massive tours, where Thompson was on the road both in the UK and the US, and where he crossed paths with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix. But those eight years were also marked by change, upheaval, and tragedy. Then, at the height of the band&’s popularity, Thompson left to form a duo act with his wife Linda. And as he writes revealingly here, his discovery and ultimate embrace of Sufism dramatically reshaped his approach to music—and of course everything else. An honest, moving, and compelling memoir, Beeswing vividly captures the life of a remarkable artist during a period of creative intensity in a world on the cusp of change.
By Mark Stevens, Annalyn Swan. 2021
A decade in the making: the first comprehensive look at the life and art of Francis Bacon, one of the…iconic painters of the twentieth century--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of de Kooning: An American Master. Francis Bacon created an indelible image of mankind in modern times, and played an outsized role in both twentieth century art and life--from his public emergence with his legendary Triptych 1944 (its images "so unrelievedly awful" that people fled the gallery), to his death in Madrid in 1992.Bacon was a witty free spirit and unabashed homosexual at a time when many others remained closeted, and his exploits were as unforgettable as his images. He moved among the worlds of London's Soho and East End, the literary salons of London and Paris, and the homosexual life of Tangier. Through hundreds of interviews, and extensive new research, the authors probe Bacon's childhood in Ireland (he earned his father's lasting disdain because his asthma prevented him from hunting); his increasingly open homosexuality; his early design career--never before explored in detail; the formation of his vision; his early failure as an artist; his uneasy relationship with American abstract art; and his improbable late emergence onto the international stage as one of the great visionaries of the twentieth century. In all, Francis Bacon: Revelations gives us a more complete and nuanced--and more international--portrait than ever before of this singularly private, darkly funny, eruptive man and his equally eruptive, extraordinary art. Bacon was not just an influential artist, he helped remake the twentieth-century figure.
By Celia Stahr. 2020
The riveting story of how three years spent in the United States transformed the Mexican artist/painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) into…the artist we know today. Frida Kahlo adored adventure. In November 1930, she was thrilled to realize her dream of traveling to the United States, where she would spend time in San Francisco, Detroit, and New York. Still, leaving her family and her country for the first time was monumental. Only twenty-three and newly married to the already world-famous and much older Diego Rivera, she was at a crossroads in her life. The United States, with its magnificent beauty, horrific poverty, racial tension, anti-Semitism, ethnic diversity, bland midwestern food, and thriving music scene, pushed Frida in unexpected directions. Shifts in her style of painting began to appear, cracks in her marriage widened, and tragedy struck, twice, while she was living in Detroit. Frida in America is the first in-depth biography of these formative years spent in “Gringolandia,” a place that both fascinated and angered Frida. However, it was precisely her feelings of being a stranger in a strange land that fueled her creative passions and an even stronger sense of Mexican identity. With vivid detail, Frida in America re-creates the pivotal journey that turned Senora Rivera into the world-famous Frida Kahlo. CELIA STAHR is a professor at the University of San Francisco, where she specializes in modern American and contemporary art with an emphasis on feminist art and gender studies, as well as African and multicultural art. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Iowa and lives in the Bay Area.
By Jonah Winter. 2002
When her mother was worn out from caring for her five sisters, her father gave her lessons in brushwork and…color. When polio kept her bedridden for nine months, drawing saved her from boredom. When a bus accident left her in unimaginable agony, her paintings expressed her pain and depression - and eventually, her joys and her loves. Over and over again, Frida Kahlo turned the challenges of her life into art. Now Jonah Winter and Ana Juan have drawn on both the art and the life to create a playful, insightful tribute to one of the twentieth century's most influential artists.
By Greg Jenner. 2017
During these extraordinary times Greg Jenner is able to sign you a personalised bookplate for your hardback. Please email email@example.com…with the name you would like the book dedicated to and the postal address. 'Fizzes with clever vignettes and juicy tidbits... [a] joyous romp of a book.' Guardian'A magical mystery tour through the history of celebrity - eye opening, provocative, triumphant.' Kate Williams, bestselling author and historian'A fascinating, rollicking book in search of why, where and how fame strikes. Sit back and enjoy the ride.' Peter FrankopanCelebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, strikes us as hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling, titillating, and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. Whether it was the scandalous Lord Byron, whose poetry sent female fans into an erotic frenzy; or the cheetah-owning, coffin-sleeping, one-legged French actress Sarah Bernhardt, who launched a violent feud with her former best friend; or Edmund Kean, the dazzling Shakespearean actor whose monstrous ego and terrible alcoholism saw him nearly murdered by his own audience - the list of stars whose careers burned bright before the Age of Television is extensive and thrillingly varied. Celebrities could be heroes or villains; warriors or murderers; brilliant talents, or fraudsters with a flair for fibbing; trendsetters, wilful provocateurs, or tragic victims marketed as freaks of nature. Some craved fame while others had it forced upon them. A few found fame as small children, some had to wait decades to get their break. But uniting them all is the shared origin point: since the early 1700s, celebrity has been one of the most emphatic driving forces in popular culture; it is a lurid cousin to Ancient Greek ideas of glorious and notorious reputation, and its emergence helped to shape public attitudes to ethics, national identity, religious faith, wealth, sexuality, and gender roles. In this ambitious history, that spans the Bronze Age to the coming of Hollywood's Golden Age, Greg Jenner assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity's historical roots. He reveals why celebrity burst into life in the early eighteenth century, how it differs to ancient ideas of fame, the techniques through which it was acquired, how it was maintained, the effect it had on public tastes, and the psychological burden stardom could place on those in the glaring limelight. DEAD FAMOUS is a surprising, funny, and fascinating exploration of both a bygone age and how we came to inhabit our modern, fame obsessed society.
By Francisco Javier León Herrera. 2021
Esta nueva biografía, impactante y reveladora como las anteriores, profundiza en los aspectos más importantes de su vida. Desnuda al…ser humano que hay detrás de la leyenda, comparte las claves de su extenso legado musical lleno de anécdotas y complicadas decisiones, así como el bagaje existencial de amor, dolor, amistades, traiciones, heridas familiares, sueños rotos, amargura y esperanza. Tras sus dos bestsellers sobre el Sol: Luis Mi Rey, biografía autorizada por el artista que sirvió de base para la serie televisiva sobre su vida, y el más reciente, Luis Miguel: la historia, Javier León Herrera y Juan Manuel Navarro completan la trilogía sobre la existencia del cantante más amado en México, Argentina, Colombia, Estados Unidos, Chile, Puerto Rico, Perú, Bolivia, Brasil, España, Italia y Centroamérica. Oro de Rey ayuda a comprender más al artista adentrándose en el adulto lejos de la sombra -no del fantasma- de Luisito Rey. Gracias a sus confesiones y al testimonio de las personas que más lo conocen, los autores desvelan, con rigor y respeto, a un Luis Miguel más íntimo. En estas páginas se descubrirán los miedos, las luces y las sombras de un luchador que no deja de preguntarse por qué ha tenido que nadar tanto tiempo refugiado en un caparazón, a contracorriente de su propio espíritu y deseo, urgido de una catarsis definitiva que cierre círculos y sane su alma de tantas heridas. Los autores se adentran en aspectos determinantes de su vida: sus huellas de abandono, la ausencia materna, su hogar roto, los hermanos separados, sus éxitos y su estancamiento en la más reciente y profunda crisis en la que tocó fondo: el "Trienio Horribilis" de 2015 a 2017, y su resurgir en 2018, con los detalles de su renacer con el que celebró 50 años: sus bodas de oro con la vida. ¡Larga vida al Rey!
Salka Viertel acolheu em seu exílio atores, intelectuais proeminentes e pessoas anônimas fugidas do nazismo. Biografia sobre a figura de…Salka Viertel, uma atriz judia que emigrou para Hollywood e ficou popularmente conhecida como a roteirista da atriz Greta Garbo. Além disso, tinha um salão em Santa Mônica, Califórnia, ao qual ia grande parte da intelectualidade europeia no exílio. Salka foi uma mulher muito moderna e interessante para a época e que deve ser conhecida como merece. No libro aparecem temas como a suposta bissexualidade de Salka Viertel e a quantidade de reconhecido amigos que teve, citando apenas alguns: Albert Einstein, Charles Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Max Reinhardt, Arnold Schönberg, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Greta Garbo, Montgomery Clift… Da mesma forma como Gertrude Stein e outras mulheres notórias, ela teve seu próprio salão literário pelo qual passaram escritores como Truman Capote, Christopher Isherwood, Gore Vidal e um longo etecetera. Outros temas que engloba são: a Berlim dos anos 20, a passagem do cinema mudo ao falado, visto a partir da Meca de Hollywood. Logo, a ascensão de Hitler e o que isso acarretou para a condição judia, devido à Segunda Guerra Mundial. Mais adiante a Guerra Fria e a caça às bruxas contra o comunismo. O certo é que a motivação da vida de Salka Viertel e do seu círculo de amigos engloba os grandes acontecimentos do século XX. Com tal projeto, a autora recebeu as bolsas de Shanghai Writing Program (China, 2016) e Baltic Centre (Suécia, 2017). “Um relato muito interessante e ainda penso nesses tempos como atuais, já que aos meus olhos, não avançamos muito na questão da aceitação dos “sentimentos interpessoais” em geral. Um grande livro, extremamente importante sobre a Hollywood dos anos trinta e quarenta e a influência de artistas de países eur