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  • Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil Warby Amanda Vaill

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 14.00

    A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe?a conflict one writer will call "the decisive thing of the century"?six people meet and find their lives changed forever. Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage... more...

  • Heaphyby Iain Sharp

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    Even by the versatile standards of Victorian pioneers, Charles Heaphy had an unusually varied career: as a draughtsman, explorer, surveyor, gold agent, geologist, soldier, war hero, politician, land commissioner and judge. Most importantly, however, for decades Heaphy painted and sketched what he saw. From his earliest surviving watercolour of birdlife... more...

  • Something for the Birdsby Jacqueline Fahey

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    Fizzing with wit and style and featuring original illustrations by the author, Something for the Birds is a lively, humorous and tragic memoir that traces the roots of a distinguished painter and her crucial role in New Zealand's feminist movement. Jacqueline Fahey moves from childhood in provincial Timaru and back to her Irish ancestors. She describes... more...

  • Before I Forgetby Jacqueline Fahey

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    In the tradition of romance novels, Jacqueline Fahey brought the curtain down at the end of her first memoir, Something for the Birds, after her marriage to Fraser McDonald. In Before I Forget she continues the story from this happy-ever-after moment, charting her life since 1960. While raising three daughters and many dogs, handling the deaths of... more...

  • Anthony Van Dyckby Robin Blake

    Ivan R. Dee 2009; US$ 24.99

    Blake, an author living in London, explains that the impetus for this biography of the great Dutch painter came from his own connection in childhood to a painting purchased by his grandmother more...

  • Holy Terrorby Bob Colacello

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 18.95

    In the 1960s, Andy Warhol?s paintings redefined modern art. His films provoked heated controversy, and his Factory was a hangout for the avant-garde. In the 1970s, after Valerie Solanas?s attempt on his life, Warhol become more entrepreneurial, aligning himself with the rich and famous. Bob Colacello, the editor of Warhol?s Interview magazine, spent... more...

  • Titian: The Last Daysby Mark Hudson

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 9.99

    Towards the end of his life Titian didn't finish his paintings. The 87 year-old artist kept them in his studio, never quite completing them, as though wanting to endlessly postpone the moment of closure. Created with the fingers as much as the brush, Titian's last paintings are imbued with a sense of final, desperate effort - a rawness and immediacy... more...

  • Henri Matisseby Alastair Sooke

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 8.45

    Henri Matisse by Alastair Sooke - an essential guide to one of the 20th century's greatest artists 'One January morning in 1941, only a fortnight or so after his seventy-first birthday, the bearded and bespectacled French artist Henri Matisse was lying in a hospital bed preparing to die.' Diagnosed with cancer, the acclaimed painter, and rival... more...

  • Widow Basquiatby Jennifer Clement

    Canongate Books 2014; US$ 12.46

    Madonna. Andy Warhol. Keith Haring. Fab 5 Freddie. Debbie Harry. Julian Schnabel. Jean-Michel Basquiat's transition from the subways to the chic gallery spaces of Manhattan brought the artist into the company of many of New York's established and aspiring stars.Basquiat's subsequent success and rapis assimilation into the world of stardom coincided... more...

  • In Montmartreby Sue Roe

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 15.50

    When young Pablo Picasso arrived in Paris in October 1900 he made his way up the hillside of Montmartre . . . The real revolution in the arts first took place not, as is commonly supposed, in the 1920s to the accompaniment of the Charleston, black jazz and mint juleps but more quietly and intimately, in the shadow of the windmills - artificial... more...