Peacock and Vine

Peacock and Vine
Author: A S Byatt
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2016-07-07
ISBN 10: 1473524938
ISBN 13: 9781473524934
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Peacock and Vine Book Review:

This ravishing book opens a window onto the lives, designs, and passions of two charismatic artists. Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art, as vibrant today as when it was first conceived. Acclaimed writer A.S. Byatt traces their genius right to the source. The Palazzo Pesaro Orfei in Venice is a warren of dark spaces leading to a workshop where Fortuny created his designs for pleated silks and shining velvets. Here he worked alongside the French model who became his wife and collaborator, including on the ‘Delphos’ dress – a flowing gown evoking classical Greece. Morris’s Red House, outside London, with its Gothic turrets and secret gardens, helped inspire his stunning floral and geometric patterns; it also represented a coming together of life and art. But it was Kelmscott Manor in the English countryside that he loved best – even when it became the setting for his wife’s love affair with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Generously illustrated with the artists’ beautiful designs – pomegranates and acanthus, peacock and vine – A.S. Byatt brings the visions and ideas of Fortuny and Morris dazzlingly to life.

William Morris

William Morris
Author: Fiona MacCarthy
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 780
Release: 1995
ISBN 10: 9780571174959
ISBN 13: 0571174957
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

William Morris Book Review:

Winner of the Wolfson History Prize, the essential biography of the father of the Arts and Crafts movement. The author, Fiona MacCarthy, is the curator of the National Portrait Gallery's 2014-15 exhibition Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy.'One of the finest biographies ever published in this country' A. S. Byatt Since his death in 1896, William Morris has come to be regarded as one of the giants of the Victorian era. But his genius was so many-sided and so profound that its full extent has rarely been grasped. Many people may find it hard to believe that the greatest English designer of his time, possibly of all time, could also be internationally renowned as a founder of the socialist movement, and could have been ranked as a poet together with Tennyson and Browning.With penetrating insight, Fiona MacCarthy has managed to encompass all the different facets of Morris's complex character, shedding light on his immense creative powers as artist and designer of furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, stained glass, tapestry and books, and as a poet, novelist and translator; his psychology and his emotional life; his frenetic activities as polemicist and reformer; and his remarkable circle of friends, literary, artistic and political, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. Fiona MacCarthy's skilful drawing together of these disparate elements makes for a comprehensive and compelling biography.

Fortuny Interiors

Fortuny Interiors
Author: Brian Coleman
Publsiher: Gibbs Smith
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012-08-01
ISBN 10: 1423624335
ISBN 13: 9781423624332
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fortuny Interiors Book Review:

Manufactured in Venice, Italy, textiles by Fortuny have borne the standard of quality and excellence for a hundred years. For walls, sofas, pillows, draperies, bed coverings, tablecloths, and even napkins, the sumptuous art of Fortuny textiles has been decorating old world and new world homes for generations. Not everyone can afford Fortuny, but some of those who can have opened their doors so we can take a peek. Through luscious photographs and vivid descriptions, we can almost feel the weave and smell the dyes. Contemporary modern condos, elegant historic homes, and metropolitan apartments all wear Fortuny in luxurious high style.

Last Message

Last Message
Author: Shane Peacock
Publsiher: Orca Book Publishers
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2012-10-12
ISBN 10: 1554699363
ISBN 13: 9781554699360
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Last Message Book Review:

Adam has a good life in Buffalo: great parents, a cute girlfriend, adequate grades. He's not the best at anything, but he's not the worst either. He secretly lusts after Vanessa, the hottest girl in school, and when his dead grandfather's will stipulates that he go on a mission to France, Adam figures he might just have a chance to impress Vanessa and change his life from good to great. When he gets to France, he discovers he has not one but three near-impossible tasks before him. He also discovers a dark and shameful episode from his grandfather's past, something Adam is supposed to make amends for. But how can he do that when he barely speaks the language and his tasks become more and more dangerous? Despite the odds, Adam finds a way to fulfill his grandfather's wishes and, in the process, become worthy of bearing his name.

The Matisse Stories

The Matisse Stories
Author: A S Byatt
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2018-10-16
ISBN 10: 144816267X
ISBN 13: 9781448162673
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Matisse Stories Book Review:

Each story is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling -- about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being. Their subjects' lives unravel from simple beginnings -- a trip to the hair dresser, a cleaning woman's passion for knitting, lunch in a Chinese restaurant but gradually the veneer of ordinariness is peeled back to expose pain, reveal desire, or express the intensity of joy in color and creation. These stories are all about human beings: about how little we can know (or may care to know) about the people with whom we spend our lives, and how tragic the results of that ignorance or indifference can be.

Babel Tower

Babel Tower
Author: A S Byatt
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2021-02-25
ISBN 10: 1448192277
ISBN 13: 9781448192274
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Babel Tower Book Review:

After her husband becomes violent, Frederica Potter flees with her young son to London. There, she secures a teaching position in an art school, and finds herself surrounded by painters and poets with dreams of rebellion. Then Frederica meets Jude Mason, the strange and charismatic author of a wildly controversial novel. When her husband files for divorce and Jude becomes the target of a high-profile court case, Frederica’s life threatens to spiral out of control. THE THIRD FREDERICA POTTER NOVEL

Double You

Double You
Author: Shane Peacock
Publsiher: Orca Book Publishers
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-10
ISBN 10: 1459805356
ISBN 13: 9781459805354
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Double You Book Review:

Adam embarks on a Bond-worthy adventure when he travels to Bermuda, Jamaica and New York in search of the truth about his grandfather.

William Morris Red House

William Morris   Red House
Author: Jan Marsh
Publsiher: National Trust Books
Total Pages: 159
Release: 2005-11-11
ISBN 10: 9781905400010
ISBN 13: 1905400012
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

William Morris Red House Book Review:

Red House occupies a singular place in British architectural historyit was the first and only house that was built for designer William Morris, and it was the first independent architectural commission for his friend, Philip Webb. The challenge of furnishing the house inspired Morris and his Pre-Raphaelite friends to found the design firm of Morris & Co., which was the flagship for what was to become the Arts & Crafts movement. Because of its illustrious first owner, Red House was never forgotten, and a succession of tenants kept Morris' spirit alive in the house; in 2003, Red House was acquired for the National Trust. This handsome volume provides both the story of Red House and a "virtual tour" that enables the reader to see how this splendid house looked and functioned when it was inhabited by the celebrated designer.

Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa

Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa
Author: Thomas D. Peacock,Marlene Wisuri
Publsiher: Minnesota Historical Society
Total Pages: 159
Release: 2009-10
ISBN 10: 9780873517850
ISBN 13: 0873517857
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa Book Review:

A uniquely personal history of the Ojibwe culture.

Fortuny

Fortuny
Author: Guillermo de Osma
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 225
Release: 1994
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:224228338
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fortuny Book Review:

Life Without Water

Life Without Water
Author: Nancy Peacock
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 213
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9780553379297
ISBN 13: 0553379291
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Without Water Book Review:

A young girl tries to help her mother recover from the devastating loss of her brother in the Vietnam War

William Morris Full Color Patterns and Designs

William Morris Full Color Patterns and Designs
Author: William Morris
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 48
Release: 2013-01-23
ISBN 10: 0486155447
ISBN 13: 9780486155449
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

William Morris Full Color Patterns and Designs Book Review:

Forty of the Victorian master's most famous designs for wallpapers, chintzes, velveteens, tapestries, tiles, carpets, and more. Reproduced from original color plates of The Art of William Morris.

New Way to Be Human

New Way to Be Human
Author: Charlie Peacock
Publsiher: Shaw
Total Pages: 237
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780877880714
ISBN 13: 0877880719
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Way to Be Human Book Review:

God calls his people to faithfully follow Jesus in a new way--to study him, walk with him, and let him live through them. In this engaging book, award-winning recording artist and producer Peacock-Ashworth invites readers to discover the new way and to start living it.

Vanishing Girl

Vanishing Girl
Author: Shane Peacock
Publsiher: Tundra Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN 10: 1770490817
ISBN 13: 9781770490819
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vanishing Girl Book Review:

The third case in the compelling Boy Sherlock Holmes series is full of as many twists and turns as the backstreets of Victorian London. When a wealthy young girl vanishes as if by magic in Hyde Park, Sherlock is once again driven to prove himself. In a heart-stopping race against time, an innocent boy’s survival depends on Sherlock’s ability to solve the mysterious puzzle of the Vanishing Girl. As complex as the maze that protects the missing girl’s hiding place, this case takes Sherlock racing to the countryside, the coast, and into the lair of a menagerie of exotic, dangerous creatures. Haunted by memories of his shattered family, goaded by his enemies, driven to heal the fragile relationship between him and the beautiful Irene Doyle, Sherlock makes an almost fatal mistake. In the end, his brilliant powers of deduction and the steadfast eccentric Sigerson Bell save the day. Soon, very soon, the world will come to know him as the master detective of all time.

William Morris A Life for Our Time

William Morris  A Life for Our Time
Author: Fiona MacCarthy
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 800
Release: 2015-01-22
ISBN 10: 0571265839
ISBN 13: 9780571265831
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

William Morris A Life for Our Time Book Review:

Winner of the Wolfson History Prize, and described by A.S.Byatt as 'one of the finest biographies ever published', this is Fiona MacCarthy's magisterial biography of William Morris, legendary designer and father of the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement. 'Thrilling, absorbing and majestic.' Independent 'Wonderfully ambitious ... The definitive Morris biography.' Sunday Times 'Delicious and intelligent, full of shining detail and mysteries respected.' Daily Telegraph 'Oh, the careful detail of this marvellous book! . . . A model of scholarly biography'. New Statesman Since his death in 1896, William Morris has been celebrated as a giant of the Victorian era. But his genius was so multifaceted and so profound that its full extent has rarely been grasped. Many people may find it hard to believe that the greatest English designer of his time - possibly of all time - could also be internationally renowned as a founder of the socialist movement, and ranked as a poet with Tennyson and Browning. In her definitive biography - insightful, comprehensive, addictively readable - the award-winning Fiona MacCarthy gives us a richly detailed portrait of Morris's complex character for the first time, shedding light on his immense creative powers as artist and designer of furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, stained glass, tapestry, and books; his role as a poet, novelist and translator; on his psychology and his emotional life; his frenetic activities as polemicist and reformer; and his remarkable circle of friends, literary, artistic and political, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. It is a masterpiece of biographical art.

The Children s Book

The Children s Book
Author: A. S. Byatt
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2009-11-03
ISBN 10: 0307373835
ISBN 13: 9780307373830
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Children s Book Book Review:

From the renowned author of Possession, The Children’s Book is the absorbing story of the close of what has been called the Edwardian summer: the deceptively languid, blissful period that ended with the cataclysmic destruction of World War I. In this compelling novel, A.S. Byatt summons up a whole era, revealing that beneath its golden surface lay tensions that would explode into war, revolution and unbelievable change — for the generation that came of age before 1914 and, most of all, for their children. The novel centres around Olive Wellwood, a fairy tale writer, and her circle, which includes the brilliant, erratic craftsman Benedict Fludd and his apprentice Phillip Warren, a runaway from the poverty of the Potteries; Prosper Cain, the soldier who directs what will become the Victoria and Albert Museum; Olive’s brother-in-law Basil Wellwood, an officer of the Bank of England; and many others from every layer of society. A.S. Byatt traces their lives in intimate detail and moves between generations, following the children who must choose whether to follow the roles expected of them or stand up to their parents’ “porcelain socialism.” Olive’s daughter Dorothy wishes to become a doctor, while her other daughter, Hedda, wants to fight for votes for women. Her son Tom, sent to an upper-class school, wants nothing more than to spend time in the woods, tracking birds and foxes. Her nephew Charles becomes embroiled with German-influenced revolutionaries. Their portraits connect the political issues at the heart of nascent feminism and socialism with grave personal dilemmas, interlacing until The Children’s Book becomes a perfect depiction of an entire world. Olive is a fairy tale writer in the era of Peter Pan and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In the Willows, not long after Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. At a time when children in England suffered deprivation by the millions, the concept of childhood was being refined and elaborated in ways that still influence us today. For each of her children, Olive writes a special, private book, bound in a different colour and placed on a shelf; when these same children are ferried off into the unremitting destruction of the Great War, the reader is left to wonder who the real children in this novel are. The Children’s Book is an astonishing novel. It is an historical feat that brings to life an era that helped shape our own as well as a gripping, personal novel about parents and children, life’s most painful struggles and its richest pleasures. No other writer could have imagined it or created it.

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim
Author: Shane Peacock
Publsiher: Tundra Books
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 1770497005
ISBN 13: 9781770497009
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim Book Review:

Edgar Brim is a sensitive orphan who, exposed to horror stories from his father as a young child, is afraid of almost everything and suffers from nightly terrors. His stern new guardian, Mr. Thorne, sends the boy to a gloomy school in Scotland where his dark demons only seem to worsen and he is bullied and ridiculed for his fears. But years later, when sixteen-year-old Edgar finds a journal belonging to his novelist father, he becomes determined to confront his nightmares and the bullies who taunt him. After the horrific death of a schoolmate, Edgar becomes involved with an eccentric society at the urging of a mysterious professor who believes that monsters from famous works of literature are real and whose mandate is to find and destroy these creatures. With the aid of a rag-tag crew of friends, the fear-addled teen sets about on his dark mission, one that begins in the cemetery on the bleak Scottish moors and ends in a spine-chilling climax on the stage of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in London with Henry Irving, the infamous and magnetic actor, and his manager, Bram Stoker, the author of the most frightening and sensational novel of the day, Dracula. Can Edgar Brim truly face his terror and conquer his fears?

The Diver and The Lover

The Diver and The Lover
Author: Jeremy Vine
Publsiher: Coronet
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-09-03
ISBN 10: 1529308461
ISBN 13: 9781529308464
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Diver and The Lover Book Review:

'A pacy, gripping tale of secrets, love and betrayal in 1950s Catalonia, written with skill and colour. It gave me enormous pleasure to read such a satisfying novel.' SANTA MONTEFIORE 'Being transported to a Spanish summer in 1951... I feel the cool of the shadows under the trees and hear the sea as it glistens in the rippling heat. I think you might like it too!' FERN BRITTON 'If you're in desperate need of a far-Flung getaway, indulge in this slice of escapist fiction' HEAT 'As colourful, rich and mesmerising as one of Dali's paintings, this absorbing, poignant rollercoaster of a read is utterly satisfying and will stay with you long after you've put it down.' PATRICIA SCANLAN 'a tale of intrigue, love, politics and scandal. Mixing fact and fiction The Diver and The Lover keeps up the pace and excitement to the very end.' JOAN BAKEWELL 'This tale intrigued me and captured my imagination in equal measure. I loved being whisked back to the 1950s and felt the heat of the Spanish sun as I fell in love with the sisters' unique relationship. Be prepared to be taken on a dramatic journey confronting pain, tragedy and passion along the way ' SARA COX 'We'll never look at one of the world's best known paintings in the same way again. [Jeremy Vine] has managed to weave truth and fiction together to bring us a most unexpected love story.' FIONA BRUCE Soaked in sunlight, love and the mysteries surrounding a famous artist The Diver and the Lover is a novel inspired by true events. It is 1951 and sisters Ginny and Meredith have travelled from England to Spain in search of distraction and respite. The two wars have wreaked loss and deprivation upon the family and the spectre of Meredith's troubled childhood continues to haunt them. Their journey to the rugged peninsula of Catalonia promises hope and renewal. While there they discover the artist Salvador Dali is staying in nearby Port Lligat. Meredith is fascinated by modern art and longs to meet the famous surrealist. Dali is embarking on an ambitious new work, but his headstrong male model has refused to pose. A replacement is found, a young American waiter with whom Ginny has struck up a tentative acquaintance. The lives of the characters become entangled as family secrets, ego and the dangerous politics of Franco's Spain threaten to undo the fragile bonds that have been forged. A powerful story of love, sacrifice and the lengths we will go to for who - or what - we love.

The Peacock Detectives

The Peacock Detectives
Author: Carly Nugent
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-01-14
ISBN 10: 0062896725
ISBN 13: 9780062896728
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Peacock Detectives Book Review:

Perfect for fans of The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street and Waiting for Normal, this charming middle grade mystery is full of heart, humor, and more than a few surprises. Eleven-turning-twelve-year-old Cassie is an expert Peacock Detective. Her sharp eye for details is why the Hudsons from across the street call her every time their pet peacocks wander away. But there are some things even the greatest Peacock Detective can’t figure out, like why her best friend is so angry lately; why her older sister is cutting her hair off; or why her parents are acting like they don’t know each other anymore. Cassie is an expert at solving things. But what’s a master detective to do when her whole world is changing, and all the answers are out of reach?

The Biographer s Tale

The Biographer s Tale
Author: A. S. Byatt
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2001-05-15
ISBN 10: 0375413421
ISBN 13: 9780375413421
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Biographer s Tale Book Review:

From the award-winning author of Possession comes an ingenious novel about love and literary sleuthing: a dazzling fiction woven out of one man’s search for fact. Here is the story of Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted graduate student who decides to escape the world of postmodern literary theory and immerse himself in the messiness of “real life” by writing a biography of a great biographer. In a series of adventures that are by turns intellectual and comic, scientific and sensual, Phineas tracks his subject to the deserts of Africa and the maelstrom of the Arctic. Along the way he comes to rely on two women, one of whom may be the guide he needs out of the dizzying labyrinth of his research and back into his own life. A tantalizing yarn of detection and desire, The Biographer’s Tale is a provocative look at “truth” in biography and our perennial quest for certainty.