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Five Books to Curl up With

7th March 2019

As winter draws closer, what better way to spend a chilly evening than snuggled under a blanket with good books to read? This month, we’ve trawled the virtual bookshelves to bring you a selection of fascinating and varied reads you’re sure to love. Whether you’re a design aficionado, crime lover or fashion fanatic we’ve got your autumn reading list covered...

Good Books to Read

Kate Moss by Mario Testino

UK release date: January 2011.
Publisher: Benedikt Taschen Verlag.
Price: Paperback £27.99.

Mario Testino is recognised as the ultimate fashion photographer of his generation but his pictures of Kate Moss transcend fashion. Their iconic collaboration has resulted in two decades of phenomenal glamour and, extraordinary friendship.

“This book is an open door into the lives of two of the world’s greatest style icons.” - Dress to Kill Magazine, Canada.

Follow the journey of one of fashion’s most extraordinary friendships. There's the early days backstage at the shows to behind-the-scenes glimpses of the ground-breaking editorials for the world’s most respected magazines. Many photographs have been chosen from Testino’s private archive and are published here for the first time.

This book is a personal homage to his greatest muse: a young girl who captured his heart and eye with her beauty, humour and spirit, and whose image in his photographs has captured imaginations the world over.

Contents include:
- Foreword by Mario Testino.
- Exclusive essay by Kate Moss.
- Over 100 images in black-and-white and colour, including many previously unseen private photographs.

Good Books to Read

Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands by Horst Friedrichs

UK release date: 1st October 2015.
Publisher: Prestel Publishing Ltd.
Price: Hardback £35.

This lavishly illustrated guide to some of the most distinguished British brands features hundreds of photographs. It takes a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at their enduring success.

Classic style and British manufacturing are both experiencing a boom in demand. This is driven by a desire among consumers for authentic, quality products. Britain is uniquely placed to benefit from this resurgence, given the number of heritage companies still producing at the top of their game.

Many of these fine businesses remain in family ownership, protective of their traditions and justifiably proud of their products. Many are the bearers of warrants from the British Royal family, and all are over 100 years old. These include the world-famous Barbour in South Shields in the north of England to John Lobb in London. 

Horst Friedrichs explores the historic places where these British brands have become some of the strongest in the world. There's Johnston’s of Elgin in the north of Scotland, Corgi socks in southern Wales, and John Smedley in Derbyshire.

By highlighting the stories of these legendary brands - both new and old, grand and humble - Friedrichs and Crompton show how relevant traditional production techniques still are. Best of British is a must-read for anyone that appreciates well crafted products and timeless style. 

About the author:
Horst Friedrichs' photographs have appeared in Stern, The Independent, and The New York Times. He is the author of I'm One: 21st Century Mods (Prestel). He lives in London.

Good Books to Read

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

UK release date: 20th October 2015.
Publisher: Sphere Publishing Imprint.
Price: Hardback £20, ebook £10.99.

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

About the author:
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. Career of Evil is the third book in the highly acclaimed Cormoran Strike crime fiction series. The Cuckoo’s Calling was published in 2013 and 2014 saw The Silkworm.

Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels will be adapted for a major new television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

Good Books to Read

Architecture Visionaries by Richard Weston

UK release date: 17th August 2015.
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing.
Price: Paperback £24.95.

This book presents the story of 20th-century architecture through the fascinating personal stories and significant works that have shaped the field. 

It features 75 of the world's most influential architects and is arranged in a broadly chronological order. The book gives the reader a sense of the impact that inventive individuals have had on the development of architecture and our built environment. Key dates in the architects' careers are listed in timeline features, allowing the author freedom to move beyond well-known biographies to analyze the buildings and map out the exciting visions behind them.

This is a dynamic and unique guide to the architects whose visions have created the buildings around us.

About the author:
An architect, landscape designer and author, Richard Weston is a Professor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Previous books include the monograph Alvar Aalto and the definitive monograph on the Danish architect Jørn Utzon. His other books include Materials, Form and Architecture (2003) and 100 Ideas that Changed Architecture (2011), both Laurence King.

Good Books to Read

The Groundnut Cookbook by Duval Timothy, Folayemi Brown and Jacob Fodio Todd

UK release date: 2nd July 2015.
Publisher: Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin.
Price: Hardback £15.00.

The Groundnut Cookbook is about African cuisine by friends Duval Timothy, Jacob Fodio Todd and Folayemi Brown. They are three energetic, imaginative Londoners set to change the face of African food.

Their cookbook is packed full of gorgeous full-colour photography and easy-to-follow, fresh and healthy recipes. Learn how to prepare classics like their namesake Groundnut Stew, and Jollof Rice. Plus, there's innovative offerings like their Avocado Ice Cream or Puna Yam Cake.

The Groundnut Cookbook will make you wonder why its taken you this long to explore Africa's culinary gems.

'They have created a fun, vibrant cookbook that also evokes a powerful sense of their collective memories and diverse upbringings. But most of all, the time just feels right for African food, a cuisine too long ignored or dismissed.' - Observer.

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