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Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (17 of 19)


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Eric Ravilious by Alan Powers
Eric Ravilious by Alan Powers
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, 11 Jan 2014
This is about the handsomest volume I've seen in a long time. The illustrations are ravishingly lovely. The organisation into themed chapters is a triumph. The book is worthy of its subject. Dr Powers has done a spectacularly good job.
Distance and Memory by Peter Davidson
Distance and Memory by Peter Davidson
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a book pervaded by the poignant sense of transience, fragility and loss that haunts human perceptions of the cultures and landscapes of the far north.

More than anything else, light and colour, shapes and textures, moments in time - present and gone - are the subjects of the book. The prologue ends, "The southern sky changed from overshadowed grey to cobalt half an hour ago, and the moon is rising while, to the north, the horizon still shows rags of cold azure behind the larch trees. But as I write, light and time and summer are unstill, and the instant has passed into memory even as it is described."

The ceaselessly changing weather is another constant theme… Read more
Wilde's Devoted Friend: Life of Robert Ross by Maureen Borland
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a fascinating book about a fascinating man. It brings to life Ross's remarkable fight to restore Wilde's reputation, redeem his estate from bankruptcy, and offer Wilde's sons a better future.

The book is also an account of the unstinting help and advice Ross provided to young artists and writers. Thus, for example, Ross donated money raised by Edmund Gosse to endow a Robert Ross Memorial Prize at the Slade School of Art - a prize still much appreciated by Slade students.

The complimentary reviews of the book in (amongst others) the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, The Times and the Sunday Times were, I think, fully justified, and it is noteworthy that the… Read more

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