of the Month - Sue Sims and Hilary Clare: The Encyclopedia of Girls' School Stories Volume One
by Girls Gone By Publishers 6th August 2020
The Encyclopaedia of Girls’ School Stories was
first published in 2000 and is long out of print. We are delighted to
announce that this will be reissued by GGBP in a revised and expanded
two-volume edition in 2020. We are announcing the first volume now,
because we have no idea how many we will sell, so although publication
is some way off (February 2020) we do hope you will order Volume One
long-awaited revision of the essential guide for any enthusiast of the
girls’ school story is compiled by Sue Sims and Hilary Clare, who are
the acknowledged experts in the field and have spent decades
researching the subject. They have scoured records and copyright
libraries and read thousands of books (Sue has the largest collection
of girls’ school stories in private hands in the UK) to compile the
most extensive data in existence on girls’ school story writers and
their books. Among readers of the genre the first edition acquired such
status that it is affectionately known simply as ‘The Book’. Not only
does it act as a complete reference guide to any writer and her or his
books, but the authors’ scholarly, often humorous and always insightful
assessments of the writers are a delight to read, guiding readers
towards new writers and helping them view old favourites with fresh
enlightenment. Our battered copy of the first edition is in sore need
of replacing as it’s been browsed so often to see what it has to say
about a new acquisition or simply for the pleasure of the writing.
wonderful book is an absolute treasure trove of information about one
of the most important literary genres - the girls' school story. For a
long time it was considered a poor second cousin to the boys' school
story, dominated largely by the prolific Frank Richards and his many
aliases. Two further volumes are published later in the year, but for
now, volume one contains a wealth of first class, spellbinding material
on authors A-F, including the incomparable Enid Blyton, of course,
together with Elinor M Brent-Dyer and Angela Brazil, and a huge
collection of fascinating and beautiful colours, with a centre section
of these in colour. I was hooked on the girls' school story from the
moment I "borrowed" my older sister's School Friend comic, and have a
good collection of my own, many coming from the brilliant GIRLS GONE BY
PUBLISHERS. I'm already looking forward to volumes two and three!
Staggeringly collectable and brilliant in every way.
DK: A History of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult
by DK 6th August 2020
the beguiling history of witchcraft, magic, and superstition through
the centuries in this stunningly illustrated title.
A History of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult charts
the extraordinary narrative of one of the most interesting and often
controversial subjects in the world, covering everything from ancient
animal worship and shamanism, through alchemy and divination to modern
Wicca and the resurgence of the occult in 21st-century literature,
cinema, and television.
readers with a comprehensive, balanced, and unbiased account of
everything from Japanese folklore and Indian witchcraft to the
differences between black and white magic, and dispelling myths such as
those surrounding the voodoo doll and Ouija, the book explores the
common human fear of, and fascination with spells, superstition, and
the supernatural. The perfect introduction to magic and the occult, it
explores forms of divination from astrology and palmistry to the Tarot
and runestones, mystical plants and potions such as mandrake, the
presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare's Macbeth to the
Harry Potter series, and the ways in which magic has interacted with
The most comprehensive illustrated history of witchcraft available, A History of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult will enthral and fascinate you with its lavish illustrated, accessible entries, whether you are a believer or sceptic.
Oxford Illustrated History of the Book
by Oxford University Press 13th August 2020
In 14 original essays, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Book reveals
the history of books in all their various forms, from the ancient world
to the digital present. Leading international scholars offer an
original and richly illustrated narrative that is global in scope.
history of the book is the history of millions of written, printed, and
illustrated texts, their manufacture, distribution, and reception. Here
are different types of production, from clay tablets to scrolls, from
inscribed codices to printed books, pamphlets, magazines, and
newspapers, from written parchment to digital texts. The history of the
book is a history of different methods of circulation and
dissemination, all dependent on innovations in transport, from coastal
and transoceanic shipping to roads, trains, planes and the internet. It
is a history of different modes of reading and reception, from learned
debate and individual study to public instruction and entertainment. It
is a history of manufacture, craftsmanship, dissemination, reading and
the history of books is not simply a question of material form, nor
indeed of the history of reading and reception. The larger question is
of the effect of textual production, distribution and reception - of
how books themselves made history.
To this end, each chapter of this volume, succinctly bounded by period
and geography, offers incisive and stimulating insights into the
relationship between books and the story of their times.
This is as dry as dust...
A short paragraph on books as popular culture in the West, and a brief
mention of Penguin Books. The book is purely for academics...
Disney Who's Who
by Disney Press 5th August 2020
the updated edition of this comprehensive guide, get to know more about
your favorite Disney and Disney*Pixar characters-and meet some you may
not know. What is the name of Alice's cat? Who is Gilbert Huph? How
many hairs does Elsa have on her head? Don't know? You will soon! With
more than six hundred character bios and a whole host of fun facts,
you'll be a Disney character expert in no time!
Laura Tunbridge: Beethoven - A Life in Nine Pieces
by Viking 16th July 2020
van Beethoven: to some, simply the greatest ever composer of Western
classical music. Yet his life remains shrouded in myths, and the image
persists of him as an eccentric genius shaking his fist at heaven.
Oxford professor Laura Tunbridge cuts through the noise in a refreshing
way. Each chapter focuses on a period of his life, a piece of music and
a revealing theme, from family to friends, from heroism to liberty.
It's a winning combination of rich biographical detail, insight into
the music and surprising new angles, all of which can transform how you
listen to his works. We discover, for example, Beethoven's oddly modern
talent for self-promotion, how he was influenced by factors from
European wars to instrument building, and how he was heard by
tour de force - published for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's
birth - provides a fresh overview and a wealth of material that has
never been revealed to the wider public before. It's a compelling,
human portrayal of Beethoven and a fascinating journey into one of the
world's most amazing creative minds.
Bruce Timm: The Big Tease
by Flesk Publications 5th August 2020
Timm has been creating elegant drawings of women for over 30 years, and
nearly all of these charming nudes were drawn purely for fun
after-hours. This book collects his three Teaser collections--released
from 2011 to 2013 and long sold out--plus Surrender, My Sweet from
2015. In addition, Timm has created new material especially for this
collection and delved into his personal archives to share pieces not
shown before. These culminate in more than 75 additional pages of
material not reproduced in any of his previous Naughty and Nice
collections. In all, over 260 women drawn in pencil, ink or color fill
these pages. Timm's art is reproduced at an impressive size and
showcased in this oversized format. Mature Warning: The Big Tease
contains nudity throughout. This book is intended for ages 18 and up.
J David Spurlock: Fantastic Paintings of Frazetta
by Vanguard 21st July 2020
Discover, or return to, the world's greatest heroic fantasy artist, Frank Frazetta in this landmark art collection entitled, Fantastic Paintings of Frazetta. The New York Times said,
"Frazetta helped define fantasy heroes like Conan, Tarzan and John
Carter of Mars with signature images of strikingly fierce, hard-bodied
heroes and bosomy, callipygian damsels" Frazetta took the sex and
violence of the pulp fiction of his youth and added even more action,
fantasy and potency, but rendered with a panache seldom seen outside of
major works of Fine Art. Despite his fantastic subject matter, the
quality of Frazetta's work has not only drawn comparisons to the most
brilliant of illustrators, Maxfield Parrish, Frederic Remington, Norman
Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth but, even to the most brilliant of fine artists
including Rembrandt and Michelangelo and, major Frazetta works sell for
millions of dollars, breaking numerous records.
innovator's work has not only inspired generations of artists, but also
movies and directors including the Conan films, John Carter of Mars,
the sensationally successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, Robert
Rodriguez' films including From Dusk Till Dawn, Ralph Bakshi films, the
epic, award-winning Game of Thrones series, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow,
Disney's animated Tarzan films, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now
and George Lucas' Star Wars series. The Forbes magazine
article Schwarzenegger's Sargent led with the line, "Which artist
helped make Arnold governor? Frank Frazetta, the Rembrandt of
J. David Spurlock started crafting this book by reviving the original million-selling 1970s mass market art book, Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta.
But, he expanded and revised to include twice as many images and,
presents them at a much larger coffee-table book size of 10.5 x
14.625"! The collection is brimming with both classic and previously
unpublished works of the subjects Frazetta is best remembered for
including barbarians, beasts, and buxom beauties. Game of Thrones
creator George R. R. Martin said, "Though he bears only a passing
resemblance to the Cimmerian as Robert E. Howard described him,
Frazetta's covers of the Conan paperback collections became the
definitive picture of the character... still is." Schwarzenegger said,
"I have not been intimidated that often in my life. But when I looked
at Frazetta's paintings, I tell you, it was intimidating." Game of
Thrones, Conan and Aquaman film star Jason Momoa said, "I am a huge
Frank Frazetta fan. Both of my parents are painters, so I'd known
Frazetta's paintings, that's what I wanted to bring to life." See the
revolutionary art that helped inspire Schwarzenegger, Momoa, the Lord
of the Rings films and Game of Thrones: FRAZETTA!
Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years
by Damaged Goods Books 22nd July 2020
the first 10 years of Marvel Studios movies in this collector's edition
featuring all of the films from Iron Man to Captain Marvel!
interviews with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson,
Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt and more, plus Marvel
Studios President Kevin Feige and Co-President Louis D'Esposito.
stunning photography and in-depth sections on each film, including a
guide to each movie's Easter Eggs and end-credits scenes.
Beatlemania: Four Photographers on the Fab Four
by ACC Art Books 7th September 2020
Beatles ascended like no band before, hurtling to the dizzy heights of
international stardom in the early 1960s. Their counter-cultural vibes
and unmistakable talent are still the subject of much discussion today
- as is the rabid devotion of their fans. But how did one pop group
become, as Lennon infamously quipped, "more popular than Jesus"?
work of four photographers provides an enlightening insight into the
band's rise to fame. Ward captured the Fab Four when Beatlemania was
still confined to their own home city - the band braved the icy
Liverpool streets for a promotional shoot during the Big Freeze of
'62-63. O'Neill crossed paths with The Beatles amid the buzz of the
Swinging Sixties, resonating with the band in 1963 as a photographer of
their generation. Parkinson delivered a deceptively relaxed shoot later
that year, when the band were recording their second album; while Bayes
captured never-before-published candid shots of The Beatles filming Help! in 1965.
these pictures, Tony Barrell's text delves into the Beatlemania
phenomenon - the good, the bad, the ugly and the odd. From the creation
of their early hit records to the hails of confectionery that peppered
stages after John claimed George had eaten his jelly babies, Beatlemania: Four Photographers on the Fab Four reveals how one band became a lasting sensation.
Ryan Yard: Mike Oldfield - Every Album Every Song
by Sonicbond Publishing 27th August 2020
can be difficult for an artist to have such overwhelming success so
early into their career as was the case for Mike Oldfield. To this day,
his name is forever synonymous with the album Tubular Bells. Mike
followed this album with three further long form works in the 1970s,
before venturing off onto other musical paths. The 1980s saw further
success both in the albums and singles charts, while recent years have
seen a return to long form music, often via sequels to his most famous
work, with his most recent album being Return To Ommadawn in 2017. The
music of Mike Oldfield touches listeners in ways that can be hard to
describe. It bridges the gap between many musical cultures, whilst
staying sharp and alert to current technological trends. In this book,
Ryan Yard looks at the entire catalogue of albums to uncover what it is
that makes his music so special. Each track from every album is
critiqued with the aim of offering long term fans a different
perspective whilst enticing new fans to explore and familiarise
themselves with such wonderful new music. It makes a wonderful
companion as the listener absorbs the music, hopefully offering food
for thought as they embark on, or continue, their journey through the
music of this remarkable artist.
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