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Grahame Johnstone Tales in Finding Out Magazines

‘Finding Out: A Modern Library of Education in Weekly Parts’ was a British weekly educational magazine for children, first published by Purnell & Sons Ltd in 1962. The magazine was noted for its illustrations, which were by some of the top book illustrators of the day, including Angus McBride and Read more…

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Angus McBride’s Legendary Beasts

Whilst undertaking my research of the Grahame Johnstone twins‘ series illustrations in the Finding Out magazines, I came across another fantastically illustrated series called “Legendary Beasts” by historical and fantasy artist Angus McBride. These one-page articles (half full-colour illustration, half descriptive text) appeared on the back of the weekly Finding Out Read more…

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The Art of the Australian Fairy

Australian Fairy Tales In this article I’d like to introduce you to a collection of literary magical fairy beings of the sort that typically feature prominently in pan-European fairy tales but here are living in the Australian bush. I will cover Australian Aboriginal dreamtime stories in a separate article since Read more…

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Collecting Charles van Sandwyk

New collector’s guide to Charles van Sandwyk released I’ve been collecting Charles van Sandwyk’s delightful handmade artist books for many years, and I’m thrilled to announce that I just finished putting together a guide that I hope will help other collectors of his work. The annotated bibliography is illustrated and Read more…

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Literary Maps & Fantastic Landscapes

Today’s video is all about literary maps and books that explore the real and imaginary landscapes of our favourite novels in detail. The Writer’s Map  Editor: Huw Lewis JonesPublication: 2018Where to buy: The Writer’s Map @ Book Depository or Amazon (US) About the book: This is probably my favourite of all of this Read more…

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Most Beautiful Books of 2018 – A Holiday Gift Guide

https://youtu.be/eXfHIttXR9Y Welcome to my review of the most physically beautiful books published in 2018, with the aim of helping you to find appropriate gifts for your nearest and dearest, or – even better – take an opportunity to treat yourself during the holiday season! The books are loosely sorted by Read more…

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Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King – Stunning Pop-up Book

Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King by Ferdowsi Paper engineering:  Simon Arizpe | Illustrator: Hamid Rahmanian Publication: Fantagraphics 2018 ► Where to buy: Book Depository or Amazon (US) About the book: This gorgeous pop-up book is based on the incredible illustrated Shahnameh that I reviewed earlier, Ahmad Sadri’s translation of the 1000 year old epic Read more…