The Illustrated Dust Jacket

14 December 2017 // Art //Books

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury (Thames and Hudson, hardback, 200 pages. Out now and available here) Review by Frances Castle The first book jackets or dust covers were just plain wraps of thin paper meant to protect a book in transit, and it wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that […]

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Uniformannual

10 December 2017 // Books

Just published… Tapping into some idea of what an annual might be, or at least look like, this new book is a hardback with printed paper over boards, and uncoated stock. The contributions are from some of the writers, artists, and researchers that Uniform have worked with, or are currently working with, on books and […]

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The Unexpected Truth About Animals

10 December 2017 // Books

An eel-centric extract from Lucy Cooke’s The Unexpected Truth About Animals, published by Doubleday and out now. Genus Anguilla There is no animal concerning whose origin and existence there is such a number of false beliefs and ridiculous fables. Leopold Jacoby, ‘The Eel Question’, 1879   * Aristotle was troubled by eels. No matter how […]

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The Robin

3 December 2017 // Birds //Books

A seasonal extract from The Robin: A Biography by Stephen Moss, published by Square Peg and out now. It is often said that robins on the continent are far less tame and confiding than their British cousins. Lack suggested that there were good reasons for this: the properties of our European neighbours do not usually […]

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Scraps of Wool

29 November 2017 // Books

An extract from Scraps of Wool: A Journey Through the Golden Age of Travel Writing by Bill Colegrave, published by Unbound. JON SWAIN River of Time (1996) Having had a brief flirtation with the French Foreign Legion, Jon Swain (b. 1948) was working in Paris for the English desk of Agence France Presse when he […]

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