An astonishing novel, beautifully and idiosyncractically written, in which a young woman in love falls asleep in a utopian New York and wakes in the 16th century, convinced that she must save the world. The catch: each time she returns to the first few years of the 21st century, that modern world is a little worse, and a little more like our own. This is not science fiction, nor quite a historical novel, but something much stranger. SN has received some ecstatic reviews, not least for holding such a bonkers plot together with such assurance, but it’s the language of this book that really shines. In the midst of her dreams, SN’s heroine is “on the right track at last — she felt it — riding secretly, directly, to save the world. She would make the world perfect — so she felt — and the wild night meadows of its youth acquiesced. She was a candle in the night, a bright seed of heaven.”
Collingwood Ingram (1880 – 1981) was an ornithologist and plant collector whose obsession with Japanese cherries earned him the epithet ‘Cherry’. He travelled as a young man in Japan and was introduced to the ideas and displays of cherry blossom (sakura), but when he travelled there again in 1920s, by then a world authority on cherries, he was struck by profound changes in the planting of prunus – variety had been sacrificed for one cloned tree that had become ubiquitous for political reasons. On that trip Ingram saw an illustration of a tree that had become extinct in Japan, a magnificent cherry called the ‘Great White’, which he realised he had seen in poor condition in a Sussex garden. He perpetuated this glorious tree by cuttings and reintroduced it to Japan as well as perpetuating it in the UK.
Ingram’s life is remarkable, and Naoko’s telling of it a revelation.
We are delighted that Naoko will be coming to speak at Sandoe’s on 6th June – booking essential. See here for more details.
Ruskin’s only children’s book is an exciting parable of his views about nature, more relevant than ever in today’s world. The memorable cast includes South-West Wind, Esq. Lovely dark blue cloth. Ages 6+.
Wonders of early civilisations: figurines from the Cyclades, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, the Oxus and Indus valleys, Iran, Iberia, etc. ‘Idols’ does not seem the right descriptive for these as we only guess at their function; but their small, highly concentrated presences give each of them an extraordinary power. Superbly illustrated.
RB embraced Trieste in our Cuckoo Press piece of 2013. Here is the fully-fledged version, with RB as hornist in the Ljubljana opera house, then as Times Foreign Correspondent in Vienna and Warsaw. A memoir of both ease and grit in the last decade of the Cold War, full of irony, subtlety and humour
Author, illustrator, librettist, puppet-maker, master of pseudonyms, owner of 20,000 books and 6 cats: there is so much to say about the Awdrey-Gore legacy that all we shall announce is that this is a very fine biography. And that Ogdred Weary had a suspiciously normal and fantod-free childhood.
The author’s first novel ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’ was an astonishing triumph, for all its strangeness. This follow-up is strange too, but marvellously, brilliantly so: it tells the story of an odd boy growing up in an English village. Shades of ‘Under Milk Wood’ and ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’.
Ravishing, mysterious paintings by the Norwegian painter (1869-1935). Catalogue of the show in Oslo that is transferring to Dulwich Picture Gallery. A master of half-lights, after-glows and the domestic.
In October 1990 three wonderful old birds – Coote Heber Percy, Billa Harrod and Freda Berkeley – set off in a car with with indifferent springs for the Peloponnese, to soothe their widowhood by seeking out the warm south and, in particular, their old friends Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor in their beautiful house at Kardamyli.
This charming account is another of Tony Scotland’s beautifully self-published books to follow ‘Bazouker: The Untold Scandals of Captain Lennox Berkeley, 7th Earl of Berkeley’, ‘Gradual: A Rennaissance Chant Book’ and ‘Fleche: Brief Encounter with Stravinsky”.
Evita Arapoglou, Ian Collins, Michael Llewellyn-Smith & Ioanna Moraiti
The catalogue to accompany an exhibition first held in Cyprus at the A G Leventis Gallery in 2017 which then moved to the Benaki Museum in Athens. The exhibition is on at the British Museum from March – July 2018.
The charmed lives were those led by Nikos Ghika, John Craxton and Patrick Leigh Fermor in Crete, Corfu, Hydra, Athens and the Peloponnese. Their paths first crossed in Greece in the mid 1940s and their friendship was to last five decades. There is a profusion of material – letters, notebooks, diaries and copious photographs as well as many paintings and designs by Ghika and Craxton. Joan Leigh Fermor and Barbara Ghika are ever-present, of course; other figures in the labyrinthine network of their friendships and acquaintances include Rex Warner, Stephen Spender, Steven Runciman, Niko Kazantzakis, Ann Fleming, Jock Murray, Peter Watson, Lucian Freud, George Pyschoundakis, Konstantinos Mitsotakis – a roll-call of lasting fascination.
In the early 1930s Kenneth and Jane Clark dined with the art dealer and collector Joseph Duveen, where they ate from a fabulous blue and gold Sevres dinner service made for Catherine the Great; so taken were they with the splendour that they commissioned a dinner service from Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The result – that, incidentally, Kenneth Clark did not much like – was their ‘Famous Women’ dinner service. The set of 48 dinner plates from the service are adorned with portraits of actresses, writers, queens and notorious beauties from all parts of the world and from all eras, from Helen of Troy, Sappho and Lady Shikibu to Greta Garbo, Ellen Terry and Virginia Woolf.
This catalogue shows each of these plates, as well as other works by DG and VB. It also includes a brief memoir by Richard Shone about Duncan Grant and of Charleston, which he first visited in 1965 as a schoolboy, his friendship with DG struck up over two days spent sitting for a portrait. There are contributions by many others, including Frances Spalding and Hana Leaper.
This is the first catalogue raisonné of Lanyon’s oil paintings and three-dimensional works – all 613 of them. A substantial and beautifully produced volume by the publisher behind the marvellous William Nicholson catalogue of a few years ago (the latter in collaboration with Yale.)
“…Uneasy, loveable man, give me your painting
Hand to steady me on the word-road home.
Lanyon, why is it that you’re earlier away?…”
From W S Graham’s ‘The Thermal Stair’, his elegy to his friend, killed in a gliding accident.
Subtitled ‘An Anthology of Memoirs by Colleagues, Dealers and Collectors‘, this is a book of memories of one of the most influential characters in the late C20th art world, by some of those who knew him best.
The list of contributors is outstanding: Katherine MacLean, Diana Scarisbrick, Viscount Davidson, Marcus Linell, Peregrine Pollen, Agatha Sadler, Clifford Henderson, Richard Day, Howard Ricketts, Jayne Wrightsman, John Partridge, Richard Green, Cyril Humhris, Ulla Dreyfus, Elizabeth Chatwin, Adrian Eeles, Alex Wengraf, Derek Johns, James Kirkman, Julian Stock, David Ellis-Jones, David Nash, Diana Berry, Duncan McLaren, Geraldine Norman, Hugh Hildesley, Colin Mackay, James Mayor, Marc Blondeau, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen, Judith Landrigan, Ward Landrigan, Julian Agnew, Michel Strauss, Nicolas Norton, Philip Astley-Jones, Stephen Somerville, Thilo von Watzdorf, Tim Llewellyn, Walter Feilchenfeldt Jnr, Andrew Alers-Hankey, Annamaria Edelstein, Edmund Peel, Lord Rothschild, James Miller, Jonathan Mennell, Countess of Rosebery, Malcolm Barber, Martin Levy, Nabil Saidi, Richard M Keresey, Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Frank Herrmann.