[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. (The Glasgow Herald)
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, author of THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN)
Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow ... as vivid as the colours themselves (Express)
You get your money's worth and change to spare ... Both picaresque and picturesque, it's a rich read. (Evening Standard)
It's hard to criticise her spirit of cultural exploration and easy to share her intelligent enthusiasm . . .Packed with pertinent trivia . . . informative and fun (South China Morning Post)
An utterly unique and fascinating read (Publishers Weekly)
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 (Telegraph)
An irresistible cornucopia ...Her travels are Marco Polish; her research vast but lightly worn. The whole book is an infectious delight. (RTE Guide)
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 (Telegraph)
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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