£13.60
  • RRP: £20.00
  • You Save: £6.40 (32%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Secret Lives of Colou... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 9 images

The Secret Lives of Colour: RADIO 4's BOOK OF THE WEEK Hardcover – Illustrated, 20 Oct 2016

4.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover, Illustrated
"Please retry"
£13.60
£9.76 £12.25
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£13.60 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions


Frequently bought together

  • The Secret Lives of Colour: RADIO 4's BOOK OF THE WEEK
  • +
  • The Brilliant History of Color in Art
  • +
  • Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox
Total price: £40.63
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; Illustrated edition edition (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473630819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473630819
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

If you want to fall back in love with colour, read The Secret Lives of Colour (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

A dazzling and vibrant history of colour, from Van Gogh's wilting yellow sunflowers to Turner's deadly green and Picasso's darkest period (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

This is a gorgeous book (GUARDIAN)

Even Farrow and Ball don't know as much about the secret lore of colour as Kassia St Clair... Almost every page throws up an unexpected detail and insight... Extraordinarily full and interesting...An ideal crib and a valuable resource not only for the design-conscious but for students. (Brian Morton TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)

The weirdly fascinating history of your favourite hues from an unwittingly deadly, arsenic-tinged green to Van Gogh's favoured yellow (WIRED)

'An excellent, innovative and idiosyncratic cultural history that will colour your thinking...St Clair writes with style, energy and knowledge, explaining many mysteries succinctly and wittily, such as why a regular tomato is, for example, not red. Tomatoes appear red because that's the very wavelength their skin does not absorb. A 'red' tomato lies to tell the truth.. Snappily designed, with high production values...[The Secret Lives of Colour is] attractive and diverting.' (Stephen Bayley SPECTATOR)

Beautiful...See how a single colour can tell different stories across the globe. (DAILY MAIL)

A work of art in its own right... a beautiful tactile book filled with fascinating anecdotes about every colour from blonde to puce. (THE POOL)

Charming (FINANCIAL TIMES)

From pink boys' clothes to blue warpaint; why orange spells danger and other colourful tales (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Inspiring, compelling and beautifully designed . . . this book will appeal to anyone (THE LADY)

A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every colour has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking. Very hard painting the hallway magnolia after this inspiring primer

(SIMON GARFIELD)

A companionable, informative and lively guide to sights so easily taken for granted (THE ECONOMIST)

A vivid exploration of the world of colour and our colourful world . . . St Clair is able to dance effortlessly through an astonishing range of subjects . . . What The Secret Lives of Colour offers really is, in some sense, a flash portrait of human civilisation, a zigzagging and unpredictable exploration of how significantly colour has shaped histories and disciplines, fuelled empires, changed the nature of war and caused species to flourish or face extinction (CHEMISTRY WORLD)

An irresistible lexicon of colours (COUNTRY LIVING)

Well-researched and engaging (HOUSE & GARDEN)

Brimming with interesting facts, historical insights and curious tales. (ELLE DECORATION)

Kassia St Clair is well-placed to observe the important place that colour has in human civilisation and development...Discursive and anecdotal... this book holds many surprises. Nothing is quite what it seems or how it is seen. (THE OLDIE)

Book Description

The unforgettable history of colours and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-coloured volume

See all Product description


Customer reviews

Top customer reviews

on 4 May 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 4 May 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 29 June 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 5 July 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 21 July 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 24 June 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 8 July 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 23 July 2017
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Pages with related products. See and discover other items: product design, chemical engineering, history of fashion

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?