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Book by its Cover

Julia Rothman is an an illustrator and pattern designer located in Brooklyn, New York. On her blog project – Book by its Cover – Julie shares and writes about beautiful books she has collected over the years. She displays amazing children’s books, unusual handmade books and comics, as well as design and fine art books. […] Read more…

Book List

* The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff * Saturday by Ian McEwan * December by Elizabeth H Winthrop * Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake * Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey * Property by Valerie Martin Read more…

Mystery…

*Last night when David got home i noticed London:The Biography by Peter Ackroyd had suddenly appeared on our coffee table!!! As i flew into an excited and spluttering frenzy (this is what happens when i receive unexpected books) he appeared not to know where the book had come from… I suspect David had very sweetly […] Read more…

We must trespass, a little longer, on your kindness…

I was so excited as Jane Austen week began today on ITV3 with Persuasion – one of Austen’s more melancholy novels about thwarted love! I adore being transported to the slow paced, pale hued world of Austen’s society – if i don’t dream myself into Pemberly by the end of the week, i’ll be very […] Read more…

The Doubtful Guest

The illustrations of Edward Gorey have always been an inspiration – but recently i re-discovered his tale about ‘The Doubtful Guest” which centers around a sinister creature (possibly a penguin but this is never revealed) who appears one wintry night at a family’s home and never goes away. The illustrations and text work perfectly to […] Read more…

It's a Gorey World

Edward Gorey, writer and illustrator of over one hundred humorous, quirky and deeply macabre stories, has inspired I feel, many of todays alternative talents such as Tim Burton and Lemony Snicket. There is a dark Victorian sensibility to his illustrations, often set against atmospheric interiors and wintry landscapes. ‘The Gashlycrumb Tinies’ is a tale telling […] Read more…

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

A new era for Edgar Allen Poe – known for his tales of the macabre and mystery. This lavishly illustrated hardcover volume of stories, brings a contemporary twist to the already progressive Poe, each story featuring artwork by eminent international designers. The cover alone sends chills up my spine! Read more…

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