Swing: Our favourite books this month

By Angelina Puschkarski

Here’s a selection of four books that we LOVE:

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Floral Contemporary – The Renaissance of Flower Design by Olivier Dupon

Published on 6th of October by Thames&Hudson this book features thirty-eight great floral designers from all over the world. This is the first book to showcase the works of contemporary designers whose creations have been essential for interior decoration, public events and private spaces.

With over 300 illustrations and portraits of each designer, as well as shots of their work in progress, Olivier Dupon creates a piece of art himself.

 

The Kingdom Revealed by Rob Ryan (To be published by Hutchinson on 23rd October 2014)

A young king has run away from his palace home. He has left behind luxury and priviledge. He’s left behind his mum and his only friend. And he has also left behind his stifling pre-ordinated life where no one ever asked him what he wants.

As he dreamily wanders the streets, he marvels at the beautiful birds and the wonderful variety of people all around him. But when night falls he must face reality: he’s alone in a big city and doesn’t know where his next meal will come from. And meanwhile, back at the palace, Count Van Dronus has been left in a very difficult position – and is determined the king will suffer for what he has done.

This book is the follow-up to The Invisible Kingdom and a stunningly illustrated fairy-tale for all ages.

 

Discovering Scarfolk – For tourists and other trespassers by Richard Littler (To be published by Ebury Press on Thursday, 16th October)

Welcome to Scarfolk, a town in north-west England that has not progressed beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Children are neither seen nor heard, there are rumours of a secret cult, and a pagan entity with a penchant for stationary roams the streets.

Into the town of Scarfolk stumbles Daniel Bush – a distraught father searching for his missing twin boys. Through his diary and archive of public information literature, product packaging, books, records and pamphlets, we learn the truth about this town lost in time and are invited to discover Scarfolk for ourselves.

This book, a mix of horror and comedy, combines uncannily realistic images and surreal storytelling to satirise an era that was far from innocent.

 

Goodwood Revival Photographed by Uli Weber (published by Skira)

Following on from the success of the book Portraits, featuring celebrity portraits from over a 20 year period including Daniel Radcliffe, Sting, Bruce Willis and Kylie Minogue, Uli Weber has now turned his lens to capturing the magic of the Goodwood Revival festival. Goodwood Revival is a magical step back in time, a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing; a rare opportunity to celebrate the halcyon days of motor racing as it used to be, with all of the spectacle and elegance of the spectators alike dress in period fashions, with the finest sights and entertainment of the pre-1966 era for all to enjoy. Every year Goodwood stages a highly competitive race meeting for the kind of cars and motorcycles that would have been at this historic circuit during 1948-1966, offering visitors the opportunity to leave the “modern world” behind and seemotor sport luminaries including Sir StirlingMoss, Nick Mason, John Surtees, Jean Alesi and Sir Jackie Stewart racing.