Category Archive: Book design and illustrations

Book Stickers are bad, Pretend Book Stickers are worse but this Pretend Book Sticker is Genius.

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I know I’m not alone in detesting the trend of publishers and book shops in plastering unsuspecting novels with stickers. Do they really believe we’re that susceptible to the vouchsafing of quality from… Continue reading

Looking Away

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The steady rise of the far right since the financial crisis of 2008 has been one of the most frequent causes of my insomnia. I might not sleep any better, but I want… Continue reading

Nothing says Christmas like a 1960s Pop-up Picture Book!

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Forgive me for coming over all sentimental, but with the Big Red Man (thanks for your input, Coca Cola) getting ready to shuffle down our chimneys, I thought I’d show you a book… Continue reading

And now for some Christmas Quirky

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Some books just lend themselves to being read in the festive season. I might not give this book a second glance all year round, but at some point over Christmas, I’ll make a… Continue reading

A Manga Masterpiece: Osama Tezuka’s ‘Buddha’

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I stumbled upon ‘Buddha’, Osamu Tezuka’s lavish manga retelling of the life of the Buddha, while on an internet trawl for graphic novels. At the time, the name Osamu Tezuka didn’t ring any bells,… Continue reading

I would talk to me, if I saw me reading either of these books in public.

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Then again, I’m nosey and reaching the stage of womanhood that many do, where we lose all fear of looking ridiculous. There is no cool. No aloof. I’ll talk to anyone and listen… Continue reading

Dreaming in Technicolour – Frida Kahlo’s Diary.

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I’ve kept a journal on and off for years. When I’m feeling creatively stuck I find that a daily ‘off-loading’ onto the page helps clear some space for ideas to come. When they… Continue reading

‘The Sick Rose’ Is Really Sick!

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I was in London last weekend for a family get together and we just had time for a flying visit to the Science Museum. After being suitably wowed – the ‘Space’ exhibition is… Continue reading

“There is no more poetic book than an atlas,” Judith Schalansky

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A quick glance at most people’s bookshelves is enough to guess the wanderlust of the owner, as the presence or absence of travel guides can tell you a lot about their globe-trotting habits.… Continue reading

Nick Bantock’s ‘Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence’

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I’ve been meaning to write about this curious find for a while now. On first viewing, ‘Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence’ reminds me of the children’s classic, ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Allan… Continue reading