Eleven years ago EdeW published ‘The Hare with the Amber Eyes’ and stunned the world. He will do so again with this short, vibrant, deeply affecting series of letters addressed to Count Moise de Camondo, who left his Parisian mansion to the French nation on his death in 1935. He, like many others, believed in the emancipation and assimilation of the Jews first proclaimed in the French Revolution. Personal, observant, carefully and beautifully constructed, the narrative is presented almost as a series of shards, turned this way and that, put aside, picked up again, reassembled, added to. He lets us stand on the threshold of world of the Camondos, the Reinachs, the Ephrussis, the Cahen d’Anvers and other great Jewish families of the period; we see Moise and his extended family walk through the pages and out, leaving us in a wake of loss and reflection.
NB This will be published on April 22nd but orders may be placed now.
Those who read Clare’s ‘Something of his Art’, about J S Bach, or ‘The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal’ (or others) will know that Clare is a writer of exquisite sensibility and nuance. He is also prey to depression, and this memoir of his hospitalization under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act for an acute breakdown is characteristically articulate and intelligent. It’s also an optimistic book that looks at new ideas of treatment and approach.
With pictures mostly from the Tretyakov in Moscow, from Kazan, and from several private collections, this gorgeous book blossoms with the unfamiliar. It includes work by Larionov, Goncharova, Repin, Serov, Malevich, Polenov, Korovin and many others… It is a visual feast, and the text is excellent.
A sparkling, intelligent novel, first published in 1964 and just re-issued by Faber & Faber. It is set over the course of a decadent fancy dress party on a snowy New Year’s Eve, with all the guests in 18th C finery. The unfolding comedy of manners is a tribute to BB’s love of opera, and her heroine’s great obsessions: ‘Mozart, sex and death’.
A biography of that most feline and superb of all creatures, Jeoffry, imortalised by Christopher Smart in his glorious mid-C18th paean. Charming, witty, profound, this is a marvellous biography of the poet and his world, as well of his companion, the “compleat cat”: tenacious, grave, wreathing, spraggling… Oliver Soden’s previous book was a much-praised biography of Michael Tippett (2019).
Lovely catalogue to the current exhibition at Piano Nobile in Portland Road, London. Sea-green cloth spine and sturdy boards; the cover cunningly reproduces one of Nicholson’s reliefs- in relief. Comprises a mix of his carved abstract reliefs and landscape drawings, 22 in total, beautifully photographed and presented, from the period 1958-onwards when the artist lived in the Ticino, Switzerland. Includes some previously unpublished material on the period. Accompanied by essays by Lee Beard, Peter Kharoche and Chris Stephens.
From the author of the biography of Shchukin comes the story of another extraordinary pre-Revolutionary Russian collector of European art. He spent 1.5 million francs on 486 paintings, which stayed in storage for many decades.
A fascinating introduction to one of the most important Buddhis texts, balanced by Kerr’s experiences in Kyoto, Tibet, Mongolia, Korea and India. Kerr has spent most of his adult life living and working in Japan; a writer, art dealer and calligrapher, he is the first foreigner to win a major prize for a work of non-fiction published in Japan.
Richly illustrated book presenting the gorgeous Chinoiserie floral and avian wallpapers in the houses where they have been used. The author founded the company thirty years ago, setting up a studio in China with local artisans and painters.
This is an astonishing book that will change our understanding of the world in dizzying ways. Wohlleben’s ‘wood-wide web’ is but a part of the phantasmagoric abundance of fungal life that Sheldrake junior reveals. Everyone should read this.
This will be THE book in interiors for the season. Nathalie & Miguel will sign copies for us, so do let us know if you would like one. We’re only sorry that Covid-19 prevented a splendid party to celebrate this.
There are those who swear he was a spy, others who insist he was too scatty or essentially lazy to be one. Whatever the truth, he was an exceptional linguist (Iranian, Afghan Persian, Arabic, Pushtu, Urdu, Swahili and the usual European languages) with connections in surprising places. His early death this year was a great sadness to many, including many writers who have contributed to this compendium of biographical tributes, published by Eland.
SM has long seemed just on the edge of breaking into the literary big time. Her last novel (Ghost Wall, pbk £8.99) was a slim masterpiece in 2018, and this builds on the same eerie atmosphere and familial claustrophobia. Twelve narrators are trapped by rain in their holiday cottages on the banks of Loch Lomond. Over the course of one day they observe each other – sometimes with amusement, sometimes cruelty – and as the night falls, things begin to go terribly wrong.
A labour of love and scholarship, this is a study of the extraordinary Royal Library of Dom Joao V (1706-1750) of Portugal that was destroyed in 1755 in the Lisbon earthquake. The library contained books, prints, drawings, a cabinet of natural history, scientific instruments, clocks… It was one of the finest royal libraries anywhere in Europe, but hitherto no proper evaluation of its contents and importance to the European Enlightenment has been made.
This book describes the creation of the library, the acquisitions (of single volumes as well as of entire libraries across Europe) and the diplomats engaged in negotiating those acquisitions. No general catalogue survives, so the author’s task has not been an easy one, but the result is stupendous.
Delightful slim volume from the Garden Museum about the garden at Prospect Cottage, in the same format as their recent ones on Cedric Morris and Ivon Hitchens. Includes essays by Howard Sooley, Christopher Lloyd and Anna Pavord, as well as stills, photographs, drawings, paintings and pages from Jarman’s garden book. All the more timely since the news in late March that, after a huge and successful effort to raise funds, Prospect Cottage has been saved for us all.
One in a second trio of reprints of the adored Eva Ibbotson, and a sadder, more grown-up novel than EI’s other romances. A year in the life of a Viennese square circa 1910, told through the diaries of Susanna Weber, an independent, gentile dress-maker in her 30s. She observes her eccentric neighbours, solves small mysteries and avoids petty disasters, but Susanna has a secret life that Ibbotson conjures with all her usual wit and charm.