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on 24 January 2016
Fascinating study of an unusual but highly talented man who confounded the Manchester art establishment by becoming one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. 'The Men Who Laughed at Lowry' have gone down in history as dunderheads while Lowry's work is now among the most collectable of his era.
The most impressive thing about Lowry, apart from his pictures, was his determination to live life his way. He was never fazed by success and always insisted he was not an artist, but 'a man who paints.' He was a solitary but amiable figure who was instinctively creative, making images from the unpromising terrain of the urban north.
'I don't know why I do it. There doesn't seem any point to it,' he said. Those who revere the man and his work will disagree with that.
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on 27 April 2017
A book which cuts through the art world nonsense and gets to grips with the reality of who this person was, his driving forces and ambition. A must read if somewhat disturbing at times.
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on 27 April 2016
Superb biography. Worth ten stars. Couldn't put it down - and I'm really good at putting books down!
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on 23 April 2017
The description - condition: used - very good - was not accurate. The condition is not very good. It is not good at all! Covers are dog-eared, when opened the spine is weak, all pages are rather yellowed. It looks a fairly old, well-read book. That is not to say less than £3 is unreasonable and I may still have purchased. What I would like is to be able​ to make an accurate comparison between options and not be misled.
Sorry to be negative but not to be honest.

Thank you.

Graham Cole
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on 17 April 2002
For me, this book turned the name 'Lowry' into a great man, kind and mis-understood who produced the most captivating scenes of poor city life. It enables the reader to understand the man himself and after reading it you will notice yourself walking down the street picking out 'strange' characters just like Lowry did. You too will want to stand at the side of your street and just watch the people go by. Lowry is a wonderful artist and this book does him justice. I now have a signed copy of this book and its been re-read several times!
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on 12 May 2011
You don't have to like Art or Lowry even to enjoy this book as the author's style will draw you into the lifestyles of all concerned from the late 1880's to the late 1980's. It concentrates on Lowry's private, family life just as much as his 'slow to develop' fame for his paintings. Shelley Rohde has that rare gift to make every character interesting, showing how each person ( not least his mother) affected Lowry's view of the world and his place in it.Lowry made it to the top of the Art world in the end and had to do it the hard way, without any powerful friends - he certainly did not have any in the posh London art circuit - even today the Tate are reluctant to show his work as he is "too popular" it seems - what tosh! The book made me visit the excellent Lowry Art Centre in Salford and I have become a great fan of the man, not just for his paintings ( there is more to him than the matchstick men & dogs by the way), but how he overcame years of rejection by sheer determination. I usually have half a dozen books on the go at any one time, dipping in as the mood takes - but this book was one I really could not put down; a real gem of a read by a highly skilled writer. I hope she has done more.
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on 9 March 2012
This book is a joy to read so factual, and interesting. Gives a brilliant account of his life and loverly pictures. Can not put it down arrived very quickly & in very good condition & a great buy
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on 31 March 2016
Bought this for my dad for his birthday as he's very into Lowry, Book arrived day before his birthday (phew) and was in excellent condition. I think he thought it was the best present I've bought him! Very happy with it and was great value for money!
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