The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Prize 2016
Authors
olivia williams grace timothy natalie livingstone benjamina ebuehi conrad gamble saul david lesley pearse jane beedle katherine cooper gchq erling kagge vicky newham andrew zurcher camila batmanghelidjh will francis helen dring jean g goodhind katja ivar shaun usher june sarpong mbe dame fiona reynolds jack lowe amari koryang magdalena duke heidi perks peter jukes hannah witton stephen mcgann miriam gonzález durántez rob atkinson ceylan scott sian williams john sutherland anthony warner claire askew sara collins natasha bush tom rhys williams nicolas pelham shelby tucker torvill and dean colin taylor rupert shortt robert sellers robbie savage katy salter hattie rhodes ami rao punch tommy penton jo pavey david papineau chris paling declan murphy beezy marsh rhodri marsden kellie maloney hayley long rob jovanovic james hogg johnny herbert tony hannan jonathan gornall lizzie lane caroline fleming jon dunn bruce dessau kimberley chambers leland carlson whitney brown alex brown kevin brennan brian blessed tom blass iain ballantyne kenny macaskill eleanora blackwood lisa lueddecke jing-jing lee rachel sargeant carolyn t. hughes ruby wax marsha rowe sarah goodwin sue lloyd-roberts jessica fellowes onjali q. rauf emma mcquiston lisa thompson simon booker alan friedman cate haste mark thompson michael elias lee robinson eugen o. chirovici jacob rees-mogg, mp joeli brearly paul gambaccini vm strain charles eugster gabrielle fernie lindsay moakes neil woods peter higgins tamsin jolly tony wheeler juliana moura lydia ripper victoria stevens josh martin max mosley mavis cheek rebecca welshman tracy kuhn samantha cleasby casey bourne david linley louise johncox tom wilkinson tony juniper ed burstell jamie bartlett jacqueline yallop sir sherard cowper-coles david blakeley martin dorey annie gray janice hadlow graham masterton jesse norman anthony storr alan clark tim hayward susan greenfield gus casely-hayford alex salmond helen lederer beth underdown alex scarlett helen donohoe david young james macmanus niki rein ross welford n.d. gomes sam norman deana puccio and allison havey abigail marsh ann hayton john samuel steve peters lisa eldridge deeyah khan lisa carey gabriel packard elizabeth peyton-jones catherine barter elizabeth day alun withey e r black barney campbell rebecca thornton clare penate j sheekey cook book steve heaney, mc emily elgar ayisha malik james bannon christopher bland caroline lea mark vanhoenacker elizabeth fullerton jason morgan s.e moorhead jeremy hackett kate sundara jem lester kathryn alton janet todd john bromley-davenport natasha garnett kate bevan nikki owen sarah vincent dr helen rappaport gill wyness barney norris vanessa manko richard maher adam white catherine chanter jake and victor maymudes edward young michael halperin spela strukelj daniel stevens selina mills gaylene gould beryl kingston maxine clark revd richard coles buffalo pictures (doc martin) dr. elizabeth foyster david francis bryony gordon iman verjee xenobe purvis j. kent messum robert elms poppy campbell cecilia ekbäck matthew specktor brian cathcart the gentle author peter hain professor simon schama georgie thompson paula weideger michael waterhouse daisy goodwin paul conroy michael winner neal street productions aoife walsh kishwar desai maria anderson phil hardy amanda prowse sheena byrom hanna jameson michael heppell harriet sergeant carnival films (downton abbey) sir alistair horne peter sissons silvena rowe richard foreman patricia leroy professor sir peter hall ebony mckenna mary quant jonathan zittrain samantha scott-jeffries derry moore niall williams wade davis david loyn kaushy patel richard charlton glenn haybittle lorraine gamman mark pearson karen dolby mike dowling sean ryan harry benson mark dawson lucy lord maria eitel phil campion jeanette winterson mark rice-oxley john lahutsky peter moore norman stone john sweeney laura santtini silver river productions helen slavin william sitwell joan smith sarah raven john rendall geoffrey robertson robert sackville-west roger scruton jill shaw ruddock james shepherd-barron james palumbo allison pearson k.a.s quinn sandy nairne patrick tilley lieutenant general sir barney white-spunner deborah mattinson simon kelner shireen jilla karl miller professor david mclellan russell miller nicholas mosley philip norman chris patten christine webber sir tim rice professor lord skidelsky simon king sunny jacobs and peter pringle christopher martin-jenkins douglas hurd hammer films professor henry kamen harriet harvey-wood angela huth tony lewis fiona maccarthy peter florence lynda gratton philip hook sandra howard tony fitzjohn max hastings denis healey michael heseltine ilana fox general sir david fraser david gentleman ffion hague william hague professor m.r.d. foot louise bagshawe professor christopher bellamy alex chance terry coleman dr christopher duffy david faber e b peirse mark diacono charlie ellingworth neal ascherson paddy ashdown roland vernon david davies leander deeny maureen lindley xanthe clay matthew d’ancona francis cottam hugh cornwell paul burke jonathan franklin jackie clune brian moynahan george obama pauline prescott glyn prysor alec russell nick weston evgenia citkowitz lord (sebastian) coe adrian fort caroline charles pattie boyd rosie boycott emma calder jimmy burns patrick bishop bear grylls alan philps marius brill kay burley peter bowles
Speakers
Broadcasters
benjamina ebuehi jane beedle emily rose yates katherine cooper will francis shaun usher jack lowe amari koryang caroline fleming iain ballantyne ruby wax jessica fellowes emma mcquiston matthew lorenzo hannah critchlow simone bienne david linley tom wilkinson lorraine candy tony juniper steven lamb jamie bartlett ed burstell sir sherard cowper-coles martin dorey twiggy lawson ronnie murray dr ayan panja myriam francois valentine warner carla buzasi susie orbach janet reibstein susan greenfield tim hayward harry cliff tim atkin gus casely-hayford oliver cox deana puccio and allison havey steve peters lisa eldridge alun withey dr helen rappaport revd richard coles jeanette winterson phil campion peter moore william sitwell allison pearson john rendall sandra howard philip hook max hastings mark diacono paddy ashdown jackie clune nick weston kay burley
Journalists
tom blass iain ballantyne sue lloyd-roberts jessica fellowes lorraine candy antonia quirke lucy wadham emma wilson newby hands rebecca howard sebastian gibson zoe lewis stacey duguid tim atkin professor simon schama paula weideger mark diacono jackie clune
Estates
sue lloyd-roberts georgina howell anthony masters eric ambler michael innes john creasey h. m. tomlinson george bellairs gabriel fielding josephine johnson john b. sanford lettice cooper denis mackail mazo de la roche georges simenon r.c. hutchinson leonard gribble alistair mair raymond postgate jean saunders dennis wheatley w. bridges adams robin jenkins hammond innes v. s. pritchett jane aiken hodge clifford bax margery allingham phyllis bentley edmund crispin marcel boulestin nicolas freeling ann bridge martin armstrong kenneth allsop clement freud nora barlow rebecca west frank o’connor gavin lyall hilaire belloc ivy compton-burnett e. m. forster margaret irwin margery sharp marie vassiltchikov edith sitwell mervyn peake eric linklater monica dickens evelyn prentis catherine storr arthur koestler h. r. f. keating c. s. forester bernice rubens c. day lewis/nicholas blake colin clark
Books
maigret’s dead man death of a busybody gin glorious gin: how mother’s ruin became the spirit of london the mistresses of cliveden stasi wolf operation thunderbolt the bengal army and the outbreak of the indian mutiny 1914: the outbreak of war to the christmas truce 1915: the battle of dogger bank to gallipoli 100 days to victory zulu hart prince of pleasure: the prince of wales and the making of the regency the homicidal earl mutiny at salerno, 1943 hart of empire all the king’s men: the british redcoat in the era of sword and musket churchill’s sacrifice of the highland division: france 1940 victoria’s wars: the rise of empire military blunders zulu the indian mutiny: 1857 birdy flynn if you knew her no love lost dance of the years blackkerchief dick what doesn’t kill you…: my life in motor racing not just for christmas (a short story) gchq puzzle book christmas days: 12 stories and 12 feasts for 12 days the witchfinder’s sister bringing in the sheaves the machine stops the red barn what not to do if you turn invisible victoria the victoria letters: the official companion to the itv victoria series living death cathar game of spies rogues’ gallery: a history of art and its dealers thenford: the creation of an english garden arnold’s extraordinary art museum three-and-a-half heartbeats miss potterton’s birthday tea dear charlie knife the diy cook food diy a taste to die for – a honey driver mystery #2 walking with ghosts – a honey driver mystery #3 death of a diva – a honey driver mystery #9 something in the blood – honey driver mystery #1 deadly lampshades – a honey driver mystery #5 the ghost of christmas past – a honey driver mystery #8 killing jane austen – honey driver mystery #4 blood and broomsticks honey driver mystery #10 war orphans home sweet home: (sweet sisters #3) war baby: (sweet sisters #2) a christmas wish the soldier’s valentine home for christmas wartime brides coronation wives a wartime wife a wartime family wartime sweethearts: (sweet sisters #1) more letters of note: correspondence deserving of a wider audience lists of note: inventories deserving of a wider audience letters of note: correspondence deserving of a wider audience this mum runs ariadnis the fight for beauty: our path to a better future nature watch what’s really happening to our planet? the lockerbie bombing: the search for justice caught in the revolution my husband’s wife (no greater courage) the goldfish boy good good food: recipes to help you look, feel and live well a teen’s guide to modern manners good cop, bad war the trials of the king of hampshire: madness, secrecy and betrayal in georgian england in the month of the midnight sun the people’s gardener the secret of orchard cottage the great village show the great christmas knit off ice creams at carrington’s me and mr carrington: a short story (carrington’s) christmas at carrington’s untold: the daniel morgan murder frankly kellie doctor turner’s casebook dairy-free delicious dull men of great britain: celebrating the ordinary philosophical devices: proofs, probabilities, possibilities, and sets thinking about consciousness tainted love the wronged payback the trap the schemer the victim eggs or anarchy: the remarkable story of the man tasked with the impossible: to feed a nation at war the traitor the feud the betrayer born evil billie jo the ring of truth: the wisdom of wagner’s ring of the nibelung the 100-year life: living and working in an age of longevity the life of a scilly sergeant cupcakes at carrington’s artrage!: the story of the britart revolution made in spain a year at otter farm moles (the british natural history collection) the new kitchen garden: how to grow some of what you eat no matter where you live in it together: the inside story of the coalition government the killing files sophie someone being a girl downside up what’s up with jody barton? lottie biggs is not mad lottie biggs is not desperate lottie biggs is not tragic vinyl demand the book of mirrors midnight in berlin lawyer for the cat rise scarlet widow the 5th witch buried the china governess cargo of eagles the going and the rise the terror trap thunder in europe the mark of the crescent death round the corner first came a murder redhead death in high provence the night they killed joss varran death in desolation intruder in the dark death of a shadow death in the wasteland death in the fearful night toll the bell for murder bones in the wilderness murder makes mistakes death sends for the doctor the case of the demented spiv corpses in enderby the case of the famished parson holy lands: reviving pluralism in the middle east the beckoning lady the tiger in the smoke more work for the undertaker the case of the late pig traitor’s purse black plumes the fashion in shrouds dancers in mourning flowers for the judge death of a ghost look to the lady here lies judgment on deltchev the schirmer inheritance the night-comers the intercom conspiracy the levanter doctor frigo send no more roses the care of time mad frank and sons dreamstreets: a journey through britain’s village utopias marlford obedience magpies, squirrels and thieves: how the victorians collected the world kissing alice microwave man: a new superhero for the rogue male slouching towards blubberhouses: (a right grand) tour de yorkshireness being eddie waring: the life and times of a sporting icon on behalf of the committee: a history of northern comedy client service burma: the curse of independence the last banana among insurgents: walking through burma benedict xvi god’s advocates rowan williams: an introduction rowan’s rule christianophobia god is no thing our life on ice james robertson justice: what’s the bleeding-time? hello, darlings! little ern i’ll tell you what… absolute pandemonium: my louder than life story britain’s mammals britain’s sea mammals the bluffer’s guide to stand-up comedy beyond a joke the camper van cookbook: life on 4 wheels, cooking on 2 rings the camper van coast: cooking, eating, living the life the camper van bible: live, eat, sleep (repeat) maigret sets a trap: tv tie-in (inspector maigret) naked shore the deadly trade strike from the sea killing the bismarck: destroying the pride of hitler’s fleet hunter killers: the dramatic untold story of the royal navy’s most secret service dark resurrection – a colony novel the death miser the colony the terror trap judgement on deltchev ability to kill the tiger in the smoke the light of day burning angels – ghost flight 2 your life – train for it fools, frauds and firebrands the christmas cafe at home with umami mad girl boom: the life of viscount trenchard, father of the royal air force who will catch us as we call imogen’s baby: a short story (no greater love) another love the painted ocean five rivers met on a wooded plain the glittering art of falling apart paul mccartney fuel for life: achieve maximum health with amazing dairy, wheat and sugar-free recipes and my ultimate 8-week eating plan juiceman a mindfulness guide for the frazzled what goes around: a london cycle courier’s story the war on women without trace (the morgan vine investigations) build a business from your kitchen table shape up your business the wit and wisdom of downton abbey downton abbey – a celebration motown: the sound of young america time travelling with a hamster the united states of us the exclusives this is dali this is pollock this is matisse this is warhol the perfect girl what she knew (us burnt paper sky) when the sky fell apart wolf winter paperback cook yourself young prashad at home: everyday indian cooking from our vegetarian kitchen x platoon the wit and wisdom of downton abbey downton abbey: a celebration the angel blood and roses blood moon rising in cold blood blood sisters the liberty colouring book my way: berlusconi in his own words enough said the last conquistador the face of britain – the nation through its portraits a woman in arabia: the writings of the queen of the desert lawyer for the dog the well (paperback) sofia khan is not obliged fight for a throne. the jacoobite ’45 reconsidered hubris: the tragedy of war in the twentieth century elizabeth ii love the gap of time mind change: how digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains shtum 438 days stasi child what i tell you in the dark the tiger in the smoke peking picnic four sisters: the lost lives of the romanov grand duchesses black sea: coasts and conquests: from pericles to putin holy disorders love lies bleeding the moving toyshop amenable women yesterday’s houses patrick parker’s progress the secret war the sex life of my aunt mrs fytton’s country life three men on a plane getting back brahms sleeping beauties janice gentle gets sexy dog days parlour games pause between acts at liberty: from rehab to the front row max mosley: the autobiography subject 375 the lovers of pound hill truth to tell they used dark forces the cruel victory the winding stair watch the wall, my darling the dream shall never die: 100 days that changed scotland forever mission survival 8: lair of the leopard facepaint no greater love – box set a christmas wish: a short story something quite beautiful: a short story the game: a short story ten pound ticket: a short story perfect daughter christmas for one fathomless riches: or how i went from pop to pulpit the happy hoofer not quite nice too close to home a year of marvellous ways the disinherited the dark net losing it a mother’s story mission survival 7: rage of the rhino husk the news from waterloo rain the pope of good promise the cooler king the governess what nature does for britain what has nature ever done for us? the essential keynes of living valour to bodies gone: the theatre of peter gill bricks and mortals the weather experiment a girl called summer big phil campion’s real world sas survival guide the reckoning: how the killing of one man changed the fate of the promised land downton abbey: series 3 scripts the downton abbey rules for household staff a year in the life of downton abbey history of the rain the old vic: the story of a great theatre from kean to olivier to spacey burnt paper sky the well paradise city the strangest family a life shaped by cakes: the memoir of the baker’s daughter the baker’s daughter in the country the lazarus prophecy under a canvas sky: living outside gormenghast will you remember me? a little love operation mayhem tell the girl blood whispers ashes in the wind running with the firm the great cat massacre: the history of britain in 100 mistakes the amtrak wars: iron master first family cloud warrior fade out the story of the jews: when words fail the wrong knickers another side of bob dylan the diary of samuel pepys: volume ii: 1663 – 1666 the diary of samuel pepys: volume i: 1660-1663 girl least likely to look after me the good news about booze beauty the mask of dimitrios uncommon danger cause for alarm journey into fear epitaph for a spy the invention of exile the grand banks cafe taken for dead arctic summer a room with a view where angels fear to tread howards end the longest journey maurice a passage to india the summoning the colony the fire fighter slapton sands a shadow on the sun hamer’s war the resident brodmaw bay memory of trees the satanist to the devil a daughter the forbidden territory the devil rides out space has no frontier breakfast at sotheby’s clover’s child what have i done? doc martin: mistletoe and whine behind the scenes at downton abbey broken hidden good cities, better lives in between dreams sunshine state lost boys dead ahead girl seven gormenghast the weather experiment risen people – still the lion, the unicorn and me bats fly up for inspector ghote the saint-fiacre affaire moon on a rainbow shawl four sisters wild flowers edmund burke sarah raven’s complete christmas 2121: a tale from the next century the story of the jews: finding the words something you are the chronicles of downton abbey uncle bill the ripening time yesterday was summer the devil’s minister the illustrated gormenghast trilogy grimm’s household tales an only child and my father’s son my oedipus complex and other stories greenery street the story of j.m.b. another part of the wood uncle target the manner of men: 9 para’s heroic d-day mission venus with pistol the conduct of major maxim shooting script leningrad: siege and symphony the crocus list judas country the most dangerous game all honourable men blame the dead the secret servant churchill’s black dog feet of clay music and the mind doc martin: practice makes perfect maverick one: the true story of a para, pathfinder, renegade a five year sentence nine lives i, dreyfus madame sousatzka killing range: left for dead, back for revenge my week with marilyn aces high: the war in the air over the western front 1914-18 bloodstock and other stories the bride royal flush knock four times still she wished for company the present and the past two worlds and their ways dolores a heritage and its history elders and betters a family and a fortune parents and children men and wives the mighty and their fall judas flowering strangers in company wide is the water a terrible freedom juan in china a man over forty the goose girl and other stories the impregnable woman the dark of summer the pirates in the deep green sea a spell for old bones the dog it was that died the soft detective horror stories to tell in the dark ghost blades dead man at the door nightmare in new york cries of terror vampire stories to tell in the dark ghost stories to tell in the dark confessional murder is a long time coming scary tales to tell in the dark the happy prisoner the fancy the horses of follyfoot dora at follyfoot follyfoot one pair of feet love and money the adventures of tom leigh a modern tragedy crescendo noble in reason take courage ring in the new a man of his time the rise of henry morcar inheritance the if game polly and the wolf again return to the baltic the haunted house the romantic adventures of mr. darby and of sarah his wife the stepson the sleeping fury sir pompey and madame juno adrian glynde hard travellin’ in the country black bethlehem gunpowder, treason and plot snow and roses national provincial the new house with this ring a different kind of love the bannister girls constable colgan’s connectoscope evil machines news from gardenia how to have an almost perfect marriage a box of birds fourpenny flyer off the rails octavia’s war octavia gates of paradise burial rook: snowman rook & tooth and claw community forest ghost garden of evil the red hotel the house at world’s end singing waters the episode at toledo a place to stand a lighthearted quest illyrian spring deathline first night polonaise a death in two parts leading lady rebel heiress war dog: a heartwarming story about an abandoned puppy and the world war ii pilot who saved him the fortune hunter extreme food a survival guide for life the weather experiment under the wire world war two: a short history wolf winter the sea of innocence francis: pope of good promise subject 375 catastrophe: europe goes to war 1914 the pursued payment deferred plain murder double-barrel a long silence the king of the rainy country criminal conversation beware of the trains frequent hearses the glimpses of the moon fen country swan song buried for pleasure holy disorders love lies bleeding the case of the gilded fly the white cottage mystery mystery mile traitor’s purse the fashion in shrouds coroner’s pidgin the mind readers police at the funeral sweet danger the tiger in the smoke disraeli: or, the two lives poet’s pub the wind on the moon one pair of hands girl least likely to: 30 years of fashion, fasting & fleet street thou shell of death sane new world: taming the mind there’s trouble brewing the beast must die a question of proof wreckers must breathe the lonely skier campbell’s kingdom the wreck of the mary deare red light broken angels white bones bait american dream machine a girl like you edwardian requiem vanity the fabulous baker brothers: glorious british grub zero six bravo downtown abbey: series 2 scripts downton abbey: series 1 scripts ambition sweet alternative pomegranates and roses: my persian family recipes download running my life poppy day mullahs without mercy pies glorious pies j sheekey cook book the life and times of call the midwife: the official companion to series one and two prashad cookbook: indian vegetarian cooking everybody’s hacked off: why we don’t have the press we deserve and what to do about it wings: one hundred years of british aerial warfare war memorial the chronicles of downton abbey a brilliant little operation: the cockleshell heroes and the most courageous raid of ww2 the chimp paradox seventy times seven blood and feathers nancy: the story of lady astor the edge: how the best get better among the hoods: my years with a teenage gang desert fire the daylight gate the aurum film encyclopedia: horror the aurum film encyclopaedia: science fiction gangsters utopian pessimist: the life and thought of simone weil karl marx: the legacy marxism: essential writings engels marx marx before marxism marxism and religion karl marx: a biography my last duchess bunny: the real story of playboy nothing less than victory: the oral history of d-day the house of getty the soviet air force at war bare-faced messiah: the true story of l. ron hubbard ve day: the people’s story soe: an outline history of the special operations executive the partridge kite a state of war exists: reporters in the line of fire slip on a fat lady plumridge tilt the hourglass and begin again symphony for the devil: the rolling stones story the road goes on forever: portraits from a journey through contemporary music rave on: the biography of buddy holly elton everyone’s gone to the moon the road from serfdom: the economic and political consequences of the end of communism interests and obsessions: historical essays politicians and the slump: the labour government of 1929-31 oswald mosley skidelsky on the economic crisis 2008-2011 keynes: a very short introduction mission healey’s world: travels with my camera the time of my life serpent assassination of trotsky catastrophe practice inventing god natalie natalia assassins children of darkness and light imago bird the hesperides tree meeting place look at the dark judith experience and religion: a lay essay in theology julian grenfell: his life and the times of his death, 1888-1915 the uses of slime mould: essays of four decades impossible object accident hopeful monsters rules of the game: sir oswald and lady cynthia mosley, 1896-1933 beyond the pale: sir oswald mosley, 1933-80 a garden of trees a concise history of spain philip v of spain: the king who reigned twice the phoenix and the flame: catalonia and the counter reformation the duke of alba spain in the later seventeenth century, 1665-1700 iron century: social change in europe, 1550-1660 golden age spain who’s who in europe 1450-1750 the spanish inquisition: an historical revision spain’s road to empire: the making of a world power early modern european society philip of spain spain, 1469-1714: a society of conflict the smile on the face of the tiger the shape of ice the palace of enchantments vote to kill ten minutes to turn the devil truth game the search for peace: a century of peace diplomacy h jones vc: the life and death of an unusual hero playing days a summer of cricket cricket in many lands double century: story of mcc and cricket the complete who’s who of test cricketers testing time: mcc in the west indies 1974 the jubilee tests: england v australia 1977 and the packer revolution sketches of a season the spirit of cricket: a personal anthology grand slam: england in australia 1986/87 bedside cricket cricket’s lighter side: a cricketer collection cricket – a way of life: the cricketer illustrated history of cricket cricket contest 1979-80: the post-packer tests world cricketers: a biographical dictionary all things bright & beautiful: design in britain 1830 to today a history of british design, 1830-1970 stanley spencer: an english vision the simple life: c. r. ashbee in the cotswolds byron eric gill william morris: a life for our time the bfi companion to crime samuel fuller the faber companion to 20th century popular music the killing times the nelson touch: the life and legend of horatio nelson all that glitters witness the night origins of love expert witness: defence correspondent’s gulf war, 1990-91 the evolution of modern land warfare: theory and practice red god of war: soviet artillery and rocket forces the future of land warfare cousins and strangers: america, britain, and europe in a new century the book of lech wałęsa betrayal the twitter diaries rough crossings: britain, the slaves and the american revolution hang-ups rembrandt’s eyes landscape and memory dead certainties: unwarranted speculations two rothschilds and the land of israel the embarrassment of riches: an interpretation of dutch culture in the golden age patriots & liberators: revolution in the netherlands 1780-1813 battle of britain mary quant: my autobiography outside in the lost kingdoms of africa green philosophy gardening at longmeadow how to forget the good wife’s castle underneath the lemon tree: a memoir of depression and recovery damn his blood: being a true and detailed history of the most barbarous and inhumane murder at oddingley and the quick and awful retribution revelry sergeant rex: the unbreakable bond between a marine and his military working dog la roja: a journey through spanish football target tirpitz: x-craft, agents and dambusters – the epic quest to destroy hitler’s mightiest warship scram: the gripping first hand account of the helicopter war in the falklands mick jagger london, you’re beautiful: an artist’s year ex-wives cmj: a cricketing life confessions of a eurosceptic pathfinder: a special forces mission behind enemy lines zal and zara and the champions’ race zal and zara and the great race of azamed on kissing: travels in an intimate landscape held up how much is enough?: the love of money, and the case for the good life the food hospital the fabulous baker brothers hitler’s angel murder club catching babies i don’t know how she does it – film tie-in flash cooking a history of food in 100 recipes the world of downton abbey death of a generation: neuve chapelle to verdun and the somme introducing mozart a bundle from britain to lose a battle: france 1940 the fall of paris: the siege and the commune 1870-71 the price of glory: verdun 1916 the land is bright: a portrait of america return to power: a report on the new germany when one door closes the drowning pool the oxford book of military anecdotes outside days: some adventures with rod and gun going to the wars editor: an inside story of newspapers the battle for the falklands bomber command scattered shots the korean war armageddon: the battle for germany 1944-1945 warriors: extraordinary tales from the battlefield country fair: tales of the countryside, shooting and fishing nemesis: the battle for japan, 1944-45 cities in civilization cities of tomorrow: an intellectual history of urban planning and design in the twentieth century urban and regional planning ask the fellows who cut the hay design in minature shakespeare and his theatre david gentleman’s britain westminster abbey david gentleman’s coastline wicked words – a honey driver mystery #7 murder by mudpack – honey driver mystery #6 the illustrated poems of john betjeman david gentleman’s italy david gentleman’s london david gentleman’s india adam hardrow knight’s cross: a life of field marshall erwin rommel will: a portrait of william douglas home and we shall shock them: the british army in the second world war wars and shadows: memoirs of general sir david fraser alanbrooke mi9: escape and evasion, 1939-1945 resistant: an analysis of european resistance to nazism, 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Professor Simon Schama

Simon Schama CBE is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He is the author of Patriots and Liberators, which won the Wolfson Prize for History, The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens which won the 1990 NCR book award for non-fiction, Dead CertaintiesLandscape and Memory which won the W H Smith Literary Award in 1995, and Rembrandt’s Eyes (1999).

His monumental History of Britain is published in three volumes by BBC Worldwide in the UK and Talk Miramax Books in the US. He was art critic of the New Yorker from 1995 to 1998 and was made CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours list.

The second volume of Story of the Jews for Bodley Head and Ecco was published in November 2015. His collaborative book with the National Portrait Gallery, The Face of Britain: The Nation through Its Portraits, was published by Penguin in September 2015.

 

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THE FACE OF BRITAIN – The Nation through Its Portraits
 

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A potent celebration of our nation’s diversity… All these lives rendered with an acuity of detail that could rival the best of portraitists… Describing Lawrence’s portait of Wilberforce, Schama calls the painting a work of ‘transforming empathy’. That phrase could be true of his story-telling throughout this book. (Ekow Eshun The Independent)

Simon Schama’s richly illustrated history of Britain in portraits is a work of dazzling panache… He is a matchless raconteur, and his book is really a series of self-contained stories, each centred on a picture or group of pictures. A constant theme is the transience of joy and beauty… This is a book to devour. (John Carey Sunday Times)

Entertaining and wonderfully compelling … what this book, full of unhackneyed paintings and unfamiliar stories, shows is that when Schama is at his best he can see straight through people. (Michael Prodger The Times)

Rich in its variety of subjects: from Kings and courtesans to a murderer portrayed by Hogarth before she was hung, and a Bradford tailor, wounded in the First World War, and depicted by Henry Tonks before and after plastic surgery… Poignantly memorable. (Martin Gayford Telegraph)

 

PUBLISHER: Viking
PUBLICATION DATE: 16th September 2015

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The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail
 

THE STORY OF THE JEWS: WHEN WORDS FAIL (1492 TO PRESENT DAY)

The words that failed were words of hope. But they did not fail at all times and everywhere.

 These gripping pages teem with words of defiance and optimism, sounds and images of tenacious life and adventurous modernism, music and drama, business and philosophy, poetry and politics. The second part of Simon Schama’s epic Story of the Jews is neither overwhelmed by hopelessness nor shrouded in the smoke of the crematoria. As much as it gives full weight to the magnitude of the disaster that befell the Jews, it is a story of hope vindicated rather than wiped out.

The stories unfold across the world – in the provincial pavilions of Ming China and beneath the brass chandeliers of Rembrandt’s Amsterdam; on ships and carts, stage-coaches and railway trains crossing oceans and continents; in the honky-tonk of San Francisco and the pampas of Argentina, the department stores of Berlin and the avenues of Trieste. The stories themselves are played on the stage of opera houses; in the travelling camera of an expedition in Ukraine, the prison cells of Stalin’s Russia, the lagers of the Holocaust; the scenery of misery and redemption in Palestine and Israel.

At the heart of the story is the budding belief that peoples of different faiths, customs and cultures can be fellow-citizens of a common country.

And amidst all the brutality, somehow the light of Jewish endurance is never extinguished. The odyssey is unforgettable, the storyteller impassioned, the words unfailing.

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PUBLISHER: Bodley Head

PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

 

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The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words
 

THE STORY OF THE JEWS: FINDING THE WORDS  (1000 BCE – 1492)

It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.

It spans the millennia and the continents – from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.

Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea.

And a great story unfolds. Not – as often imagined – of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.

“This book shows Schama at his best, doing his shtick and doing it well: no hasty product of midnight oil for a television tie-in, but a labour of love, as full of memorable incident as a Bellow novel and wittier than a Woody Allen movie.  His take on Jewish history if highly idiosyncratic and will doubtless infuriate many.  Me, I can hardly wait for the second volume”. Daniel Johnson, The Times.

“This is classic Schama: playful, ironic, immensely erudite, exuding humanity. It is also deeply personal.” The New Statesman.

“Schama has written a proud and personal story of his people, one that will make a good starting point for those interested in one of history’s most fascinating and tragic tales.”  Josh Glancy, Sunday Times.

“Simon Schama has returned to his roots and written an affecting and raw account of early Jewish history.” Tom Holland, The Guardian.

“Simon Schama’s history of the Jews does a splendid job in challenging stereotypes.” Financial Times.

“The Story of the Jews offers a poignant testimony to a people who have come close to annihilation many times but survived. It is an inspiring story and Professor Schama tells it with panache, weaving facts and anecdotes into a vivid history that ought to be read by Jews and non-Jews alike.” Observer.

 

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PUBLISHER: Bodley Head

PUBLICATION DATE: 12th September 2013

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

 

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DEAD CERTAINTIES: UNWARRANTED SPECULATIONS
 

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Like his The Embarrassment of Riches and the bestselling Citizens, Simon Schama’s latest book is both history and literature of immense stylishness and ambition. But Dead Certainties goes beyond these more conventional histories to address the deeper enigmas that confront a student of the past. In order to do so, Schama reconstructs—and at times reinvents—two ambiguous deaths: the first, that of General James Wolfe at the battle of Quebec in 1759; the second, in 1849, that of George Parkman, an eccentric Boston brahmin whose murder by an impecunious Harvard professor in 1849 was a grisly reproach to the moral sanctity of his society. Out of these stories—with all of their bizarre coincidences and contradictions—Schama creates a dazzling and supremely vital work of historical imagination.

“An infinitely beguiling book…a mind-teasing delight…Schama brings to bear an immense array of narrative elements.” – The New York Times Book Review

PUBLISHER: Granta

PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 2013

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Landscape and Memory
 

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The forest primeval, the river of life, the sacred mount – read Landscape and Memory’ to have these explained…

 

Landscape and Memory is a history book unlike any other. In a series of journeys through space and time, it examines our relationship with the landscape around us – rivers, mountains, forests – the impact each of them has had on our culture and imaginations, and the way in which we, in turn, have shaped them to answer our needs.

 

This is not a conventional history book, but a book that builds up its argument by a series of poetic stories and impressions which cumulatively have the effect of a great novel. The forest primeval, the river of life, the sacred mount – at the end of this wonderful book we understand where these ideas have come from, why they are so compelling and how they still lie all around us.

 

 

 

PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial

PUBLICATION DATE: 19 April 2004

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Rembrandt’s Eyes
 

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The great 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn left us so many arresting self-portraits, painted at every stage in his eventful life, that his distinctive face and bearing are a familiar part of the 20th-century cultural landscape, a recognisable presence in galleries across Europe and North America. Nonetheless, the artist himself remains tantalisingly an enigma. A notoriously difficult man and an inveterate risk-taker in life and art, Rembrandt’s aspirations to a grandiose Amsterdam lifestyle in the heyday of his popularity as a painter of portraits and large-scale historical works bankrupted him and he died in relative poverty. His personal effects and his treasured collection of paintings and natural rarities were sold off and dispersed, leaving the historian with a tantalisingly scant body of fragmentary records around which to build a convincing biography.

 

In Rembrandt’s Eyes Simon Schama—the leading historical craftsman of our era, with a career-long commitment to Dutch history—succeeds with consummate skill in bringing the heroic painter of such masterpieces as The Night Watch and Portrait of Jan Six vividly to life again. Returning to the bustling Dutch world with which he first made his reputation in his bestselling The Embarrassment of Riches (1987), Schama recreates Rembrandt’s life and times with all the verve and panache of a historical novelist, whilst never for an instant losing his scrupulous grip on recorded fact and detail. The telling surviving fragments of archival information about Rembrandt’s personal and professional history are embedded skilfully in a richer and denser tapestry of the commercial whirl and political hurly-burly of the 17th-century Low Countries—a divided territory, split between the Catholic and Protestant faiths and the contested powers of the Spanish Habsburgs and the Dutch Republic—with the tentacles of the tale reaching into the most unexpected shadowy corners of European love and war, aspiration and intrigue.

 

Rembrandt’s Eyes is, in fact, two biographies for the price of one. From the outset Schama contrasts the life of Rembrandt with that of his older, equally artistically talented, countryman Peter Paul Rubens, whose meteoric rise and sustained success as a society painter forms a revealing contrast with Rembrandt’s unhappier relationship with fame and fortune. The comparison is a telling one. Where Rubens furnishes the wealthy and powerful with glorious reflections of and visual foils for their social and political aspirations and glory, Rembrandt can never resist testing the envelope of taste and stylistic acceptability. His challenge to his clients to rise to embrace the shock of his painterly experiments with technique, texture and composition, ultimately produced his downfall. The Amsterdam Town Council took down his The Oath-swearing of Claudius Civilis, rolled it up and returned his masterpiece to him, to be cut-down in an attempt to sell it to a suitable buyer.

 

PUBLISHER: Allen Lane

PUBLICATION DATE: August 1999

 

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Hang-Ups
 

HANG-UPS: ESSAYS ON PAINTING (MOSTLY)

 

Pre-eminent author and art historian Simon Schama has written widely on art for many years to great acclaim. In Hang-Ups, a personal selection of his articles from, amongst others, The New Yorker, appears in Britain for the very first time. Brilliantly and lucidly written by one of the most singular voices in non-fiction, this volume of provocative and often idiosyncratic essays makes hugely satisfying reading for lovers of both art and social history. In contains pieces on artists as diverse as David Hockney, Rembrandt and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and on such subjects as the unforgettable peculiarity of Stanley Spencer. From the author whose writing has been called sublime and whose ability to bring art and history vividly to life has earned him admiration worldwide, Hang-Ups is Schamas rallying cry for the art lover to look at familiar works of art and their artists and embrace a new way of seeing.

 

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PUBLISHER: BBC Books

PUBLICATION DATE: 4 November 2004

 

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Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
 

ROUGH CROSSINGS: BRITAIN, THE SLAVES AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

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Rough Crossings is the astonishing story of the struggle to freedom by thousands of African-American slaves who fled the plantations to fight behind British lines in the American War of Independence. With gripping, powerfully vivid story-telling, Simon Schama follows the escaped blacks into the fires of the war, and into freezing, inhospitable Nova Scotia where many who had served the Crown were betrayed in their promises to receive land at the war’s end. Their fate became entwined with British abolitionists: inspirational figures such as Granville Sharp, the flute-playing father-figure of slave freedom, and John Clarkson, the ‘Moses’ of this great exodus, who accompanied the blacks on their final rough crossing to Africa, where they hoped that freedom would finally greet them.

PUBLISHER: BBC Books

PUBLICATION DATE: 5th September 2005

 

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Patriots & Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands 1780-1813
 

PATRIOTS & LIBERATORS: REVOLUTION IN THE NETHERLANDS 1780-1813 – Buy it here

Simon Schama’s landmark study of the Netherlands from 1780–1813 is a tale of a once-powerful nation’s desperate struggle to survive the treacheries and brutality of European war and politics.

Between 1780 and 1813 the Dutch Republic – a country once rich enough to be called the cash till of Europe and powerful enough to make war with England – was stripped of its colonies, invaded by its enemies, driven to the edge of bankruptcy, and, finally, reduced to becoming an appendage of the French empire – an appendage not even the French seemed to value overmuch. Out of these events Simon Schama has constructed a gripping chronicle of revolution and privateering, constitutions and coups, in a tiny nation desperately struggling to stay afloat in a sea of geopolitics.

Like his classics The Embarrassment of Riches and Citizens, Patriots and Liberators combines a mastery of historical sources with an unabashed delight in narrative. The result confirms Schama as a historian in the finest tradition – one whose study of the past reveals volumes about the present. This is one of our most revered historians’ greatest works, and this new Perennial edition will reintroduce his genius to a new generation of readers.

PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial

PUBLICATION DATE: 4th October 2010

 

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THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES: AN INTERPRETATION OF DUTCH CULTURE IN THE GOLDEN AGE
 

THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES: AN INTERPRETATION OF DUTCH CULTURE IN THE GOLDEN AGE


Simon Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of the Dutch nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of affluence, and lived in constant dread of being corrupted by happiness. Drawing on a vast array of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-creates in precise detail a nation’s mental state. He tells of bloody uprisings and beached whales, of the cult of hygiene and the plague of tobacco, of thrifty housewives and profligate tulip-speculators. He tells us how the Dutch celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by their enemies.


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PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial

PUBLICATION DATE: 19 April 2004

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TWO ROTHSCHILDS AND THE LAND OF ISRAEL
 

TWO ROTHSCHILDS AND THE LAND OF ISRAEL

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PUBLISHER: Knopf

PUBLICATION DATE: June 1978

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CITIZENS: A CHRONICLE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
 

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One of the great landmarks of modern history publishing, Simon Schama’s Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution is the most authoritative social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution ever produced.

Winner of the NCR Book Award

 

 

‘Monumental…provocative and stylish, Simon Schama’s account of the first few years of the great Revolution in France, and of the decades that led up to it, is hard to put down’

The New York Times Book Review

 

‘I have read nothing to compare with Simon Schama’s epic Citizens, which plunges the reader headlong into those violent years of “universal ferment”‘

Sunday Times

 

‘Dazzling…beyond praise…He has chronicled the vicissitudes of that world with matchless understanding, wisdom, pity and truth, in the pages of this marvellous book’

Sunday Times

 

‘Admiration and pleasure are owing to Simon Schama’s learned gusto…the humaneness of his verdicts…a formidable, often heart-warming achievement’

New Yorker

 

‘An astonishing tour de force…Thsi extraordinary book…identifies and conveys the essence of the Revolution, the key to its appeal, the secret of its power, and the reason for its eventual failure: violence’

Independent

 

‘Stunning…Fizzing with vitality and insight, bubbling over with ideas and perceptions, buzzing with gossip, anecdote and a sense of drama’

The Times Literary Supplement

 

PUBLISHER: Penguin

PUBLICATION DATE: May 1989

 

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A History of Britain – Volume 1: At the Edge of the World? 3000 BC- AD 1603
 

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‘History clings tught but it also kicks loose,’ writes Simon Schama at the outset of At the Edge of the World?, the first book in his three-volume journey into Britain’s past. And change – sometimes gentle and subtle, sometimes shocking and violent – is the dynamic of Schama’s unapologetically personal and grippingly wirtten history. At its heart lie questions of compelling importance for Britain’s future as well as it past: what makes or breaks a nation? To whom do we give our allegiance and why? And where do the boundaries of our community lie – in our hearth and home, our village or city, tribe or faith? what is Britain – one country or many? What is Britain – one country or many? Has British history unfolded ‘at the edge of the world’ or right st the heart of it?

Schama delivers these themes in a form that is at once traditional and excitingly fresh. the great and the wicked are here – Becket and Thomas Cromwell, Robert the Bruce and Anne Boleyn – but so are countless more ordinary lives, depcited in Schama’s brilliant portrait of the life of the British people.

 

PUBLISHER: Bodley Head

PUBLICATION DATE: November 2009

 

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THE AMERICAN FUTURE: A HISTORY FROM THE FOUNDING FATHERS TO BARACK OBAMA
 

THE AMERICAN FUTURE

 

 

‘This is the most exhilarating book that has been written about America for at least eight years…ebulliently combative…instantly engaging…weaving the immediate present with its earliest history…Schama has delivered a glittering tale of America’s past’

Spectator

 

‘The American Future shares Kerouc’s almost inebriated eloquence, the words tumbling delightfully across the page, the sentences as playfully ornate as Charlie Parker saxophone solos. as you read you almost feel like shouting: “Go, man, go!”…Schama’s genius lies in the way he uses micro-historical, human-scale narratives to make his big analytical points…Every one of the book’s chapters will tell you something new about the American past, and each nugget will alter your view of the American future.’

-Niall Ferguson, Financial Times

 

 

In November 2008 the United States will elect a new President. But the imminent collapse of twenty years of Republican conservativism means the country is already conducting an intense self-examination about the trajectory of its history; how it came to find itself in multiple crises and how an America that began as ‘the last, best hope of earth’ came to be so suspected and vilified around much of the world. The American Future: A History, written by an author who has spent half his life there, takes the long view of how the United States has come to this anguished moment of truth about its own identity as a nation and its place in the world.In each of the chapters devoted to the most compelling issues facing Americans now – the projection of power (“American war”); race, immigration and the problematic promise of e pluribus unum (“American skin”); the intensity of religious conviction in public life (“American fervour”); the mystique of American land and its battles with the imperatives of profit (‘American Plenty’- Schama traces the deep history of the present crisis. Cumulatively the chapters build into a history of American exceptionalism – the ‘American difference’ that means so much to its people but which has led it into calamities as well as triumphs. The American Future: A History argues that if you want to know what is truly at stake, you need to absorb these stories and understand this history – for understanding is the condition of hope.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/American-Future-History-Founding-Fathers/dp/0099520397/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301330534&sr=1-4

 

PUBLISHER: Vintage

PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd October 2008

ISBN: 978-0099520399

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation

RIGHTS SOLD: Chinese (simplified), Dutch, Italian, Korean, Portuguese (Portugal)

 

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SCRIBBLE, SCRIBBLE, SCRIBBLE: WRITING ON ICE CREAM, OBAMA, CHURCHILL AND MY MOTHER
 

SCRIBBLE, SCRIBBLE, SCRIBBLE: WRITING ON ICE CREAM, OBAMA, CHURCHILL AND MY MOTHER  – buy it here.

‘Wednesday brought a pungent sheepy smell emanating from the greyish lamb and barley soup my mother optimistically called ‘Taste of the Garden of Eden’. Expel me, please. Haddock in the air? That would be Thursday. The faintest whiff of roasting garlic? That would be what my sister and I uncharitably dubbed ‘Friday Night Memorial Chicken'; a venerable object smeared on the breasts with a dab of marmite meant to cheer the bird up as it emerged defeated from the oven. Rattling inside the brittle cavity was that one solitary clove of garlic; the exotic knobble that my mother conceded as a romantic touch amid the iron regimen of her unvarying weekly routine.’

Cookery is not necessarily a subject one immediately associates with Simon Schama – one of Britain’s most distinguished historians and commentators. But this selection of his occasional writings is a treasure trove of surprises. Passionate, provocative, entertaining and informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble ranges far and wide: from cookery and family to Barack Obama, from preaching and Shakespeare to Victorian sages, from Charlotte Rampling and Hurricane Katrina to ‘The Fate of Eloquence in the Age of The Osbournes’.

Never predictable, always stimulating, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble allows us to view the world, in all its diversity, through the eyes of one of its most original inhabitants.

‘This sparkling, effervescent collection bridges the gap between scholarly and popular writing…It is excellent holiday reading…’ – The Spectator

‘An enticing collection of pieces old and new, a bedside book of rich insights’ – The Observer

‘It really is very good…witty, learned, informative and clarifying’ – Evening Standard

‘His eloquence is on magnificent display in this new book: a delightful collection of journalistic essays…’ – The Independent on Sunday

‘The most stimulating and surprising writing here is on cooking and eating…diverting personal history.’ – The Telegraph

 

PUBLISHER: Bodley Head

PUBLICATION DATE: 5th August 2010

 

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THE POWER OF ART
 

THE POWER OF ART — Buy it here

Eight artists

Eight stories from the edge

‘Great art has dreadful manners…’ Simon Schama observes at the start of his epic exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. ‘The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality…’ With the same disarming force, Power of Art jolts us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, as Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art forever. The embattled heroes – Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko – faced crisis with steadfast defiance. The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at the world. With powerfully vivid story-telling, Schama explores the dynamic personalities of the artists and the spirit of the times they lived through, capturing the flamboyant theatre of bourgeouis life in Amsterdam, the passion and paranoia of Revolutionary Paris, and the carnage and pathos of civil-war Spain. Most compelling of all, Power of Art traces the extraordinary evolution of eight world-class works of art. Created in a bolt of illumination, such works ‘tell us something about how the world is, how it is to be inside our skins, that no more prosaic source of wisdom can deliver. And when they do that they answer, irrefutably and majestically, the nagging question of every reluctant art-conscript… “OK, OK, but what’s art really for?”

PUBLISHER: BBC Books

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2006

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