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Fragonard Painting Out of Time
ISBN: HB: 9781789142099, Reaktion Books, June 2020
304 pp., 24.6x18.9 cm, 111 colour illus.
At the time of his death in 1806, the Rococo artist Jean-Honore Fragonard had not painted for two decades. Following a period of huge public success, the painter's reputation fell. Personally secretive, Fragonard created revealing images that undermi...
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£35,00
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Licentious Worlds Sex and Exploitation in Global Empires
ISBN: HB: 9781789141405, Reaktion Books, October 2019
368 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 120 illus., 60 in colour
"Licentious Worlds" is a history of sexual attitudes and behaviour through five hundred years of empire-building around the world. In a graphic and sometimes unsettling account, Julie Peakman examines colonization and the imperial experience puttting...
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£25,00
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Radio Making Waves in Sound
ISBN: HB: 9781789140781, Reaktion Books, May 2019
208 pp., 20.8x15.6 cm, 80 illus., 50 in colour
Radio is a medium of seemingly endless contradictions. Now in its third century of existence, the technology still seems startling modern; despite frequent predictions of its demise, radio continues to evolve and flourish in the age of the internet a...
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Bee New Edition
ISBN: PB: 9781789140484, Reaktion Books, March 2019
224 pp., 19.8x12.9 cm, 117 illus.
Claire Preston's "Bee" is a history of our long, complex relationship with this industrious, much-admired insect. The book moves from ancient political descriptions to Renaissance debates about monarchy, to the conversion of the virtuous, civil bee i...
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£9,99
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Zebra
ISBN: PB: 9781780239354, Reaktion Books, May 2018
216 pp., 19x13.5 cm, 99 illus., 64 in colour
Common and exotic, glamorous and ferocious, sociable and sullen: zebras mean many things to many people. The extraordinary beauty of their striped coats makes them one of the world's most recognizable animals. They have been immortalized in paint by...
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£12,95
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Waterless Sea A Curious History of Mirages
ISBN: HB: 9781780239323, Reaktion Books, May 2018
184 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 42 illus., 16 in colour
Mirages have long astonished travellers and beguiled thirsty desert voyagers. Chinese and Japanese poetry and images depicted mirages as the exhalations of clam-monsters. Indian sources related them to the "thirst of gazelles", a metaphor for the fut...
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£18,00
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Gunter Grass
ISBN: PB: 9781780239019, Reaktion Books, March 2018
224 pp., 20x13 cm, 35 illus.
Gunter Grass (1927-2015) was Germany's foremost writer for more than half a century, and his books were and remain bestsellers across the world. "The Tin Drum" was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1979 and the memoir "Peeling the Onion" in 2006 ast...
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£11,99
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Refrigerator The Story of Cool in the Kitchen
ISBN: HB: 9781780237510, Reaktion Books, May 2017
208 pp., 20.8x15.6 cm, 50 colour illus., 50 black&white illus.
Humans have been preserving food for millennia, but the refrigerator is a relatively new addition to our homes. Just before the Second World War, only 3 per cent of British households had one. In the interim years the fridge has become accepted as a...
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£18,00
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Rocks, Ice and Dirty Stones Diamond Histories
ISBN: HB: 9781780237527, Reaktion Books, May 2017
256 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 61 colour illus., 42 black&white illus.
King of stones, valued since antiquity for their unrivalled hardness, diamonds today are both desired and deplored. Once faceted and polished they glitter on the fingers of brides-to-be and in the ornaments of the super-rich, but their extraction in...
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£25,00
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Berlin
ISBN: PB: 9781780237190, Reaktion Books, April 2017
280 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 90 colour illus., 20 black&white illus.
Berlin is a party in a graveyard. It is Europe's youth capital, and its guilty war conscience. It is a disputed construction site, built on the ruins of regimes. Today's diversity – refugees, immigrants, arty expats, East and West – emerges from a hi...
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£14,95
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