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Figure of Christ in Contemporary Photography
ISBN: HB: 9781789142082, Reaktion Books, June 2020
336 pp., 28x22 cm, 218 illus., 200 in colour
In the first book devoted to representations of Jesus Christ in contemporary photography, Nathalie Dietschy presents a rich range of images from the 1980s to the present day. Acclaimed photographers such as Catherine Opie, Wang Qingsong, Joan Fontcu...
ISBN: HB: 9781789141931, Reaktion Books, May 2020
216 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 100 illus., 90 in colour
What is it about the small fruits of field and wood that encourages rapture? These gifts of the earth – flagrant in hedgerows, carpeting the forest floor or colouring the uplands – are so ubiquitous as to be commonplace and so extraordinary that we h...
Kinks Songs of the Semi-Detached
ISBN: PB: 9781789142303, Reaktion Books, March 2020
248 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 40 illus.
Of all the great British bands to emerge from the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. Often described as the archetypal English band, they were above all a quintessentially working-class band with a deep attachment to London. M...
Future Cities Architecture and the Imagination
ISBN: HB: 9781789140644, Reaktion Books, February 2019
272 pp., 20.8x15.6 cm, 70 illus.
Today, cities are overshadowed by multiple threats: climate change, overpopulation, social division, and urban warfare all endanger our way of life in urban areas. The fundamental way in which we make sense of these uncertain futures is through the i...
ISBN: PB: 9781780239965, Reaktion Books, September 2018
208 pp., 19x13.5 cm, 100 illus., 70 in colour
The sardine is a paradoxical fish. Seemingly insignificant, its exploitation has made fortunes for some and, when stocks have collapsed, caused hardship for many. Its status has shifted from utilitarian food to a gourmet's delight. Trevor Day – diver...
Mafia A Cultural History
ISBN: PB: 9781780239934, Reaktion Books, September 2018
224 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 25 halftones
What makes Tony Soprano so likeable? Why would we rather leave the cannoli and take the gun? Do we truly want Scarface's Tony Montana to succeed? Is Michael Corleone a misunderstood hero or a despicable villain? Roberto M. Dainotto traces the comple...
Monsters under Glass A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present
ISBN: HB: 9781780239750, Reaktion Books, July 2018
256 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 36 illus.
"Monsters under Glass" explores our enduring fascination with hothouses and exotic blooms, from their rise in ancient times, through the Victorian vogue for plant collecting, to the present day. Our interest in hothouses can be traced back to the R...
Pickles A Global History
ISBN: HB: 9781780239194, Reaktion Books, June 2018
176 pp., 19.7x12 cm, 60 illus., 50 in colour
Pickles are a global food: from the fiery, fermented kimchi of Korea and Japan's salty tsukemono, to the ceviche and escabeche of Latin America, Europe's sauerkraut and America's dill pickles. They are also a modern food. Growing interest in naturall...
Ice Nature and Culture
ISBN: PB: 9781780239057, Reaktion Books, June 2018
232 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 95 illus., 64 in colour
Ice has played a prominent role in the history of the earth and its living communities for millennia. We have had fun with and on ice, battled over ice, imagined ice, struggled with ice and made money out of ice. It has transformed our relationship w...
Lesser Dragons Minority Peoples of China
ISBN: HB: 9781780239118, Reaktion Books, April 2018
288 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm
"Lesser Dragons" is a timely introduction to the fascinating and complex world of China's 'national minorities'. Based on detailed research, including the author's first-hand fieldwork in several minority areas, it introduces the major non-Han people...