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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; New edition edition (8 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401307957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401307950
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I only started drawing fairly recently, But I've found it has a power to change my life and the world around me so profoundly and I'd like to share it with you. Read the first page
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bell on 30 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book's a delight and it's had me feeling fresh enthusiasm to go out with my sketchbook to draw the kind of everyday things that come to life in Danny Gregory's New York diary. His wryly philosophical approach brings out the meaning in such overlooked subjects as kitchen cupboards, bars and diners, leaves, commuters and, one of my favourite pages, 'the Booths of New York and the people who work in them.' His drawings started as a reaction to a near-tragic life-changing event and I feel that Gregory's put over his experience with such compelling and disarming honesty that this is one of those books that in some way changes your life when you've read it. I certainly felt that it was meant to drop into my hands at the time it did.
But even if it doesn't change your life you'll never look at a booth and the person who works in it quite the same way again!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven C VINE VOICE on 22 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been struggling with my creative side recently. I work as an accountant so that's not the proper place to develop this part!

I used to draw quite a lot when I was young, then at school and uni we kind of make you understand that the only way to succeed is by avoiding being creative.

This book is for people who:
- want to get back to drawing
- need some kick in the bottom to get back to it (everyday)
- are looking for some inspiration
- want to exercise drawing

it's not for you if you're looking for a step by step book, it's more the kind of book that makes you think about the importance of playing with your creative side, it's also a good way to see the importance of things around you, once you start drawing everyday you'll see what he means
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carmen on 13 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
The entirety of the book is in sketchbook format - absolutely no printed words. This, in my opinion, only serves to make the book more intimate between us and the author - like we are actually sitting here reading his sketchbook. However, it wasn't the book I thought I was buying. I really hesitate to say this as I don't want it to come across the wrong way and am struggling to put into words what I mean... I thought the book would be dealing more with how Danny dealt with the accident, how the accident affected him and how the love of drawing came about and how it helped. There was some of this in the book - the beginning and the end but the middle of the book came across, to me at least, as a travel sketchbook. Documenting Danny's travels. Don't get me wrong - the author is unflinchingly honest with his feelings in the beginning of the book and the sketchbook format and layout of the book, I loved. I just thought there would be more in the way of how he and Patti dealt with the loss of the life they were previously living, how the drawing came about, how they were in the life they are living now...

However, this is where I am glad that I leave it a couple of days before I review a book. Because Everyday Matters has not been very far from my mind over the last few days. I find myself thinking about it, mulling it over, when I least expect it. I can't even put my finger on what it is that is making me dwell on it. Is it the book I thought I was buying? No. At the time I had been dithering between buying this and buying The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are also by Danny Gregory.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rit on 10 Oct. 2009
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this book is both moving and inspiring. it takes you through a diffcult time in the author's life where he turns himself into a better person. wonderful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane Middlemiss on 29 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
Fantastic book, read it cover to cover as soon as I opened it. Beautiful and touching book which has been very inspirational with my own sketchbooks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. White on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Danny Gregory has written three amazing books, with the most inspiring words and pictures. what else do you need? if you are stuck in a rut, in a meantal or creative block, order this book - i did!! it did wonders! i really really really love it, can you tell ??
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By rit on 4 Jun. 2007
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This book is a joy to read. The author uses both drawing and prose to take you through an emotional journey with him that also nurtures and encourages your own creativity.

Well worth a read.

Inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mat Buch on 7 May 2013
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It is a short and inspiring book for people who want to start drawing. It's greatest asset is it's honesty. Well worth buying, but he is not Leonardo Da Vinci, nor is he J. D. Salinger. It is much closer to an afternoon with a cup of tea and a candid chat whilst looking through someones sketch book. A similar enjoyment to reading Harvey Pekar's American Splendor ...except infinitely less pessimistic/downbeat.
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