'[Victoria Finlay's] curiosity is inexhaustible, her reading wide, and her writing style a delight' ( Sunday Telegraph
'It's pure pleasure to join this gutsy arts reporter-cum-scholar on her quest for historical pigments and dyes around the world' ( Independent
'A highly companionable guide, adventurous and romantic' ( Independent on Sunday
'A treasure trove of human history and obsession...the breadth of research and insight is dazzling.' ( Glasgow Herald
'Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow ... as vivid as the colours themselves' ( Daily Express
'You get your money's worth and change to spare ... Both picaresque and picturesque, it's a rich read.' ( Evening Standard
'Full of forgotten facts and beguiling anecdotes . . . it would be hard to confront a painting ever again without seeing in it a kind of coded map of the world' ( Daily Telegraph
'An irresistible cornucopia ...Her travels are Marco Polish; her research vast but lightly worn. The whole book is an infectious delight.' ( RTE Guide
'An utterly unique and fascinating read' ( Publishers Weekly
'Packed with facts, fables and anecdotes ... Finlay's detailed and brilliantly researched account makes for a fascinating read' ( Australian Interior Trends
'Victoria Finlay has unlocked the history of colour in this trawl through some little-known history' ( Courier Mail ( Australia)
'A welcome reminder of the epic stories beneath the surface of everyday life' ( Daily Telegraph
'This is a rare and wonderful book - a model of erudition and charm, the writing elegant and precise, and with at least one new and fascinating revelation on every single page. I could not be more enthusiastic.' (Simon Winchester 2003-05-17)
From the Publisher
Victoria Finlay fell in love with the extraordinary blue stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral when she was eight years old, and ever since she has been fascinated and intrigued by the secrets of colour. This book is an enthralling account of her quest to uncover those secrets, and to reveal the stories hidden inside the paintbox.
Part travelogue, part narrative history 'Colour' is a beatifully written and engrossing account of a subject with universal appeal. This book is a must-read for fans of 'The Orchid Thief' and 'Nathaniel's Nutmeg'.
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