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Gainsborough: A Portrait

by James Hamilton

'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle...

Splendours and Miseries: The Roy Strong Diaries, 1967-87

by Roy Strong

'The Alan Clark diaries of cultural politics' Sunday Times

'At every word a reputation dies' A. N. Wilson

Roy Strong is best known as the flamboyant former director of two great cultural institutions - the National...

After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land

by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

After Andy is Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni’s insider's account of working in Andy Warhol’s studio and Interview magazine, and explores Warhol’s impact on the art world, pop culture, society, and fashion—and...


by Tex Perkins

Singer. Songwriter. Swamp child. Soul man. Tex Perkins is a true rock'n'roll animal. In this loud, uncut, no-holds-barred, laugh-out-loud and take-no-prisoners memoir, the enigmatic king of the Australian music...

Von Ripper's Odyssey: War, Resistance, Art and Love

by Sian Mackay

The Austrian aristocrat Baron Rudolph von Ripper (1905–60) was acclaimed internationally as an artist, military hero and bon viveur before his astonishing legacy was unintentionally erased by history. Fortuitously,...

The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera

by Adam Begley

A dazzling, stylish biography of a fabled Parisian photographer, adventurer, and pioneer.

A recent French biography begins, Who doesn't know Nadar? In France, that's a rhetorical question. Of all of the legendary...

Charles Pachter

by Leonard Wise, Margaret Atwood & Tom Smart

The life and times biography of one of Canada’s best-known living artists, the irascible, witty, and larger-than-life Charles Pachter.

Charles Pachter, the grandchild of poor Jewish immigrants from Eastern...

Unreasonable Behavior

by Don McCullin

From the construction of the Berlin Wall through every major conflict of his adult lifetime up to the Syrian Civil War, photographer Don McCullin has left a trail of iconic images. Revised and updated after...

Runnin' with the Devil

by Noel Monk & Joe Layden

The manager who shepherded Van Halen from obscurity to rock stardom goes behind the scenes to tell the complete, unadulterated story of David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and the legendary band that changed rock...

Jim Shooter

by Jason Sacks, Eric Hoffman & Dominick Grace

“I think that if you’re an editor, and you do what’s right, you occasionally have to say ‘no’ to people. To the good people, the professionals, that’s fine. But the people who are ‘hacks,’ they...

Twinless: A Ride Exceeded Its Destination

by Russell J Perrone & Jay Hoecker

Rusty Perrone began writing this book two years following life changing events involving his twin brother, Randy. The Perrone Family run a fourth generation New Orleans Italian food distribution buisiness with...

LIFE The Rat Pack: The Original Bad Boys

by The Editors of Life

They weren't the original bad boys of stage and screen, but they were the most famous: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and so many hangers-on and wannabes, male and female....

Young Leonardo

by Jean-Pierre Isbouts & Christopher Heath Brown

Provocative and original, this fresh look at Leonardo da Vinci’s formative years in Florence and Milan provides a radically different scenario of how he created his signature style that would transform Western...

The Life of William Blake

by Alexander Gilchrist

One of the greatest Victorian-era biographies, Alexander Gilchrist's The Life of William Blake plays a key role in the history of Blake's work and its influence on other writers and artists. The first standard...

Vincent and Theo

by Deborah Heiligman

From the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly love.

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant,...

Lichtenstein in New York: A Pop Art Life

by Mark P. Bernardo

Pop Art — an entirely new and defiantly American style of painting and sculpture — was all the rage among the cultural cognoscenti in the turbulent 1960s, and New York City was the unquestioned epicenter of...

Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci

by Mike Lankford

Why did Leonardo Da Vinci leave so many of his major works uncompleted? Why did this resolute pacifist build war machines for the notorious Borgias? Why did he carry the Mona Lisa with him everywhere he went...

More Than Everything

by Beatrix Ost

“Beatrix uses words like she uses paint. . .with brush strokes so vivid and rich I feel as if I’m there watching as her story unfolds. I love this book!” –Sissy Spacek

Beatrix Ost’s memoir of her artistic...

You Say to Brick

by Wendy Lesser

Born in Estonia 1901 and brought to America in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in Philadelphia. By the time of his mysterious death in 1974, he was widely recognized as one of the greatest...

The Quest for Gold

by Andrew Fekete

The Quest for Gold is an edited version of writings by visionary Andrew Fekete - a painter, architect, poet and writer, who died in 1986 from an Aids-related illness. Andrew, flâneur, walked the city; he was...