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Laura Knight: A Life
Laura Knight: A Life
by Barbara C. Morden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.94

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'In the Moment'., 10 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Laura Knight: A Life (Hardcover)
I have finally finished reading Barbara Morden's biography of the artist Laura Knight, and admittedly, I knew very little about Laura Knight before reading this, as I came to it on the strength of Barbara's previous book on John Martin, which I cherish dearly.

As with Apocalypse Now, I was captivated from the start; it took me a long time to complete reading, and not because it was bulky - it was neatly written, and perfectly succinct, but I found that I had discovered an artist that I really had little knowledge of, only briefly recalling a couple of her paintings. I spent as much time researching Laura Knight as I did with the book, which alone shows the power this book had over me.

The tone of the book shows a true affection of this artist, and the knowledge and depth of Laura Knight emits from every page. I will definitely be recommending this.

Don't Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime
Don't Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime
by Simon Wheatley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars 'We're all musicians at the end of the day', 15 Jun. 2011
It's amazing to see a book like Don't Call Me Urban! bring light to a term that completely seems to negate any difference between a plethora of people and communities, simply because of their shared taste in the grime music scene, and their location.
Over a twelve year period, Simon Wheatley has delved into the lives of hundreds of different individuals, both MCs and people living in several boroughs of London. His photography style differs from blurred, real-time shots to sharp, clear shots, depicting the landscapes of lives and failed architecture.
Reality screams from every page, but having the insight from the people that live in that area and perform in the grime scene completes this book as a true work of art. I have purposely avoid the term `social' art.
Like many great real-life photography/biographical books, it engrosses the reader with imagery that differs from page-to-page. You almost feel like you have delved into someone's life.
But this book isn't just the work of Simon Wheatley: as he readily acknowledges, it is the work of a body of people, all different, not to be labelled: urban.
I would recommend this to anyone that has any interest in art, music or simply a city, as it moves through twelve years of its existence. With the London 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, this book could not have more relevance.

John Martin: Apocalypse Now!
John Martin: Apocalypse Now!
by Barbara Morden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.50

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic Visions, 15 Jun. 2011
Then title, John Martin: Apocalypse now! could not be a more apt way to express the work of one of the greatest artists that England has ever produced: John Martin.
In this book, Barbara Morden explores Martin's life in great detail and the accompaniment of his grand, dystopian and majestic masterpieces juxtapose well with the historical and biographical facts that surrounded his life, and their relationship to ours times.
The quality of the artwork is flawless and brings the paintings to life. I would love to have a decent strobe-light to attempt to recreate the turbulent and violent air that Martin's imagery evokes.
The research that has gone into the book is unrivalled. It is the vanguard that will help bring this truly amazing, and underappreciated artist back to where he belongs: at the top.

The Pitmen's Requiem
The Pitmen's Requiem
by Peter Crookston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for a lost era., 15 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Pitmen's Requiem (Paperback)
The Pitmen's Requiem is a book that encapsulates not only the life and devotion of Robert Saint, but of the life and times of every pitman.
Peter Crookston has used his journalistic trait to look at the man whose composition `Gresford' to the attention of a contemporary reader. This essential and often over-looked period has been brought back to life to the people that lived through every period of the mining era, right through to the reader of today.
This book is the cornerstone that every book of its kind can now follow.
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William Armstrong: Magician of the North
William Armstrong: Magician of the North
by Henrietta Heald
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A true Magician in every sense of the word!, 15 Jun. 2011
It is astonishing that a pioneer like William Armstrong is not a household name, in every household. We are rarely informed of his groundbreaking, and sometimes controversial, feats.
However, Henrietta Heald's biography, William Armstrong, Magician of the North, has brought his infamy back into the perspective.
This is a thoroughly researched and evenly-balanced text which depicts every aspect of Armstrong's life and work, some of which may come as a surprise to people unfamiliar with his numerous leaps in invention.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, so that his memory can be restored to its rightful place.

Hunting with Air Rifles: The Complete Guide
Hunting with Air Rifles: The Complete Guide
by Mathew Manning
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Air rifles with ethics, 15 Jun. 2011
In Hunting with Air Rifles, Mathew Manning has compiled a step-by-step guide on everything a novice or an expert air-gun user needs to know when hunting and culling wildlife.
He represents the book in an informative and sensible fashion, ensuring that users are aware of the legality and ethics of shooting animals, as-well-as what clothing and equipment are necessary; and how to avoid the pit-falls of expensive or dangerous equipment.
I would recommend this book to anyone that is thinking of, or is currently using an air rifle, as there is essential information there for everyone.

Through the Magic Door: Ursula Moray Williams, Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse
Through the Magic Door: Ursula Moray Williams, Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse
by Colin Davison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A magic biography, 15 Jun. 2011
Through the Magic Door is a biography that delves into the world of Ursula Moray Williams, and Colin Davison has outdone himself in his efforts to portray her and her books.
A charismatic, charming and brilliant collection of letters and diaries depict a lifetime of devotion to writing from experience and the heart. Williams' life seemingly influenced most, if not all of her books, and Davison has sculpted this into a true account of her life; from her child-hood, through to her later-life.
Any fan of Williams will love and adore this book, and any new-comers will undoubtedly be rushing to get her back catalogue after reading this biography.

The Tin Ring (Love and survival in the Holocaust)
The Tin Ring (Love and survival in the Holocaust)
by Zdenka Fantlová
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To find her saviour, 15 Jun. 2011
The Tin Ring is a beautiful, yet harrowing read; but it's a book I guarantee that anyone would struggle to put down, and can be read in one sitting.
The horrific conditions of the death camps of Belsen and their ilk have been numerously accounted for, but the true feeling of lost-love, struggle and hardship--unimaginable to most--has been captured in this truly heart-felt book.
The Tin Ring represents Fantlova's courage and love for two men: both she lost, but, neither ever forgotten. I sincerely hope that she finds her saviour with the publication of this tender and brilliant book.

Pitmatic: Talk of the North East Coal Field
Pitmatic: Talk of the North East Coal Field
by Bill Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A language all to quickly forgotten, 15 Jun. 2011
This book compiles a language that has all-but disappeared from the North-East. Its attention to detail and flawless research earns its place with any linguistic text book found in a typical university library. It reveals how the North-East vernacular language originated and evolved, highlighting its heritage in Denmark and Holland, as-well-as Norse and Anglo-Saxon origins.
Not only does this book give extensive information on the language of the miners, but it gives a more in-depth understanding of their lives and occupation.
Bill Griffiths has let his true passion for his adopted home flow from every chapter. A marvel of a book, and a must read to anyone who this subject has or will affect.

An A-Z of Franz Ferdinand
An A-Z of Franz Ferdinand
by Helen Chase
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about Franz Ferdinand!, 15 Jun. 2011
The Typography of this book is as eye-catching as any photography text book I have read. The attention to detail and sheer amount of information about the band is incredible. There is nothing left out to chance. From the band's choice in artwork to their ethos on music, and its creative process, Helen Chase has captured Franz Ferdinand for exactly who and what they are.
Although it is crammed with a plethora of details and stunning photography, it doesn't in any way feel inaccessible or bulky.
This is definitely got to be in every fans collection and gives a realistic insight into how a band functions: an excellent example of biographical writing.

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