My treasured collection of books includes a large variety of different genres and styles; from big, beautiful coffee table books that are thick with text to stunningly illustrated concertina books which double as artworks, from short, heartwarming picture books to long, intelligent graphic novels. My favourite finds are those I have stumbled on for no reason at all and can come from any of these genres and that is why for this month’s Beautiful Books list I am doing something a bit different for me – a post without a theme!
Below is, quite simply, a selection of books which have inspired me over the last four weeks. I very much hope they do the same for you!
A prime example of the big, beautiful coffees table books I just mentioned is Modern Retro by Caroline Clifton-Mogg. The book showcases an array of homes who’s owners, by keeping one designer foot in the past and another in the present, have created unique and eclectic spaces. By juxtaposing bold vintage patterns and statement pieces of retro furniture against clean, bright white walls, contemporary finishes and modern accessories, Modern Retro shows you how taking inspiration from the past can create a space which is fresh and new.
Nobrow Press‘ 17×23 series is dedicated to celebrating the talents of fresh creatives in the world of comic art. One of my favourite titles from the series (and one of the books which made me realise how diverse and intelligent comics can be) is Fish by Bianca Bagnarelli. The 24 page comic looks at the subject of grief and focuses on a young boy who recently lost his parents. Subtle, emotive and stylish, you can see why Nobrow had to print Fish and further why they predicted such big things for it’s creator!
Doing themeless articles such as this means I can include books from any genre and, such as in the case of my next pick, those which don’t really fit into any. A sort of DIY picture book, Story Box lets you construct your own 8 foot long fairy tale out of a variety of giant jigsaw pieces. Illustrated by French artist Anne Laval, the book/ game puts the narrative power firmly in your hands. And with 20 double-sides pieces to play with and a colourful cast including wicked witched and giant, pink bunny rabbits, the possibilities are endless and fun everlasting!
Last but my no means least, my final pick for this month has, in a very short space of time, become one of my favourite ever books! Created by Francesca Sanna and published by Flying Eye Books, The Journey is inspired by the true stories of immigrants from around the world who Francesca interviewed and tells the tale of a family who, after losing everything in a dark war, flee their country to find a new, safer place to call home. With Francesca’s illustrative style giving so much to explore and her thought-provoking message leaving plenty to think about, I have been glued to this the book ever since I received my copy. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that the collection of a picture books addict can no longer be complete without a copy of The Journey!