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The New Way to Read Chinese

'May revolutionize the teaching of Chinese around the world'
- The Sunday Times

Learning Chinese has always been difficult ... until now. ShaoLan has unpicked Chinese characters and created a simple and beautifully illustrated system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of the written language. Working with illustrator Noma Bar and organized in an easy-to-grasp sequence, these engaging and delightful images offer a glimpse into the wonder of the Chinese language and rich culture.

Chineasy 60 Flashcards

Chineasy™ 60 Flashcards

A beautiful boxset of 60 Chineasy flashcards that will help develop your Chinese vocabulary and pronunciation

‘Turns a fiendish world into a visual treat … shines a spotlight of childlike clarity on the seemingly impenetrable world of Chinese ideograms … beautifully illustrated’ – The Guardian

The Bicycle Artisans

The Bicycle Artisans

A richly illustrated guide to 88 of the most creative bicycle makers working today – a celebration of the creativity and craftsmanship behind the world’s most inventive makers of bicycles and their components. With over 600 illustrations!

‘Amazing … bike porn … look on in awe’ – Forever Sports

Brand New

Wally Olins: Brand New
The Shape of Brands to Come

Incisive, invigorating and visionary, this analysis of our fast-evolving global marketplace comes from the guru described by The Financial Times as ‘the world’s leading practitioner of branding and identity’. No one interested in branding, marketing, business or contemporary culture will want to be without it.

‘Mr Olins is well placed to coach companies and to scold them. His voice is that of a humanist, not a corporate functionary, which makes it persuasive’ – The Economist

The Bloomsbury Cookbook

The Bloomsbury Cookbook
Recipes for Life, Love and Art

Part cookbook, part social and cultural history, this book will delight both Bloomsbury group aficionados and those new to the subject, with over 170 recipes from members of the group, including Frances Partridge, Helen Anrep and David and Angelica Garnett, accompanied by hundreds of paintings, photographs and quotations.

‘Exceptionally beautiful, filled with paintings and drawings by the Bloomsbury Group themselves … This is the most endearing and enjoyable book yet about the Bloomsbury Group’ – Country Life

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Here and Now

This lavishly illustrated monograph – published to accompany France’s first major retrospective since the photographer’s death in 2004 – traces Cartier-Bresson’s development as a photographer, activist, journalist and artist. In addition to some of his best-known photographs, here are many seldom seen or unpublished images, and some rarities in colour as well as black and white.

City Cycling Europe

City Cycling - Europe

These pocket-size, beautifully illustrated guides are designed to help you experience great cities from a bicycle – it's like having a local cyclist to show you around! Each volume has full maps with cycle routes marked, coffee and cake stops, and everything else you need: cycle-hire schemes, bike shops, places of interest and much more …
    The set includes guides to Amsterdam, Antwerp & Ghent, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Milan and Paris

‘… everything you need for a memorable saddle based stay’ – Proper

City Cycling London

City Cycling - London

Everything the cyclist needs to explore London, the cycling city! Special sections on Soho and Mayfair; Shoreditch; Borough; Notting Hill and Hampstead with advice on Links and Addresses, Safety and Security, Essential Bike Info and Cycle Maps.

Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels

Edgar Degas
Drawings and Pastels

Degas's drawings and pastels exist in great number and variety. Through them, Christopher Lloyd examines the development of the artist’s style and outlines his life in the contexts of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
    With over 200 illustrations that capture the most fleeting of subtleties and shades, this beautifully designed and produced book provides a comprehensive and engaging account of the artist.

The Fashion Swatch Book

The Fashion Swatch Book

With fabric designs by more than one hundred of the world’s top fashion designers and brands and over 1,100 images, this is the most comprehensive sourcebook of fashion fabrics ever produced. Also features step-by-step factory photoshoots of the processes involved in the production of fashion fabrics – offering an invaluable insight into the world of fabric manufacturing today.

Hegarty on Creativity

Hegarty on Creativity
There Are No Rukes

What drives creativity? Inspires it? Sustains it?
We’re all creative, but only some of us will be lucky enough to earn our living by it.

Interested in being one of the lucky few?

With this book, readers will find that one of the great minds in advertising is there to guide them.

The Library

The Library
A World History

Ambitious and wide-ranging, this is the first single volume to tell the story of libraries around 
the world, from the beginnings of writing to the present day.

‘Spectacular photographs … Campbell is precise and enlightening in his descriptions … a marvellous book’ – The Financial Times

Sneakers Collectors Guide

The Complete Limited Editions Guide

This sequel to the classic Sneakers: The Complete Collectors’ Guide is a global survey and reference guide to the very best and most collectible limited-edition sneaker designs released over the last decade
‘Will have sneaker geeks short of breath and sweaty of palm’ – The Daily Telegraph

Why Fashion Matters

Why Fashion Matters

Fashion matters to the economy, to society and to each of us personally. Faster than anything else, what we wear tells the story of who we are – or who we want to be. In 101 provocative entries Frances Corner teases out the contradictions of an industry that simultaneously values technology and craft, timeless style and fast fashion, the bespoke and the mass-market, consumption and sustainability, cold hard numbers and creative expression.
Frances Corner is Head of London College of Fashion.

‘… a thought-provoking read delivered with gentle authority … I can see myself returning to it again and again for reference … an essential read for any aspiring fashion industry professional or fashion student’ – Style London