New Books

Some of our recent publications. Click on the covers for full details

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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.

The A-Z of Eating Out

The A-Z of Eating Out

A wonderfully light-hearted, humorous and anecdotal guide to all aspects of eating away from home, offering a wealth of guidelines, suggestions, top tips, cautions, advice and insider knowledge to help everyone get the most out of their dining experience.

‘Hilarious … the perfect gift for foodies’ – Stylist
‘Plenty to savour – this modern overview covers everything from Escoffier to greasy spoons, dress codes to liquid lunches’ – GQ

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 In addition to some of his best-known photographs, here are many seldom seen or unpublished images, and some rarities in colour as well as black and white.

Illusion Confusion

Illusion Confusion
The Wonderful World of Optical Deception

With pictures that appear to move, change colour or fool us into seeing things that ‘aren’t really there’, this comprehensive survey of optical illusions includes illusions of depth, inversions, vibration effects, ambiguous figures, camouflage, anamorphic art, tessellations and other visual brain-teasers, with examples from psychology, the decorative arts, street art and more!

Metal Patination Techniques

Metal Patination Techniques for Jewelers and Metalsmiths

Illustrated in colour throughout, this is an inspirational resource and a much-needed practical guide to the patination of metals for all skill levels. There are scores of possible effects and many variables: the author chooses the most beautiful and arresting and selects pieces by a range of leading artisans, working on exquisite pieces of jewelry or metal sculptures.

Richly illustrated, including comparative depictions of carpets and textiles in Sasanian wall paintings, rock reliefs and metalwork, this volume is essential reading for all admirers of carpets and textiles, and anyone with an interest in the ancient civilizations of the East.

Show Time

Show Time
The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art

Tracing a history of the field through its most innovative shows – the fifty exhibitions that have most significantly shaped the practice of both artists and exhibition curators.

'The selection shines with the inquiring intelligence and practical know-how that make Jens Hoffmann one of the most inventive of contemporary curators’ Terry Smith, Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory

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

An Unknown Treasure

An Unknown Treasure in Rajasthan

This unprecedented volume celebrates the survival of the wall-paintings at Bundi in Rajasthan with a striking photographic survey of these long-hidden treasures, most published for the first time, and including both abundant details and many scenes that are difficult to view with the naked eye. The only major publication devoted specifically to wall-paintings in the Bundi royal palaces, this richly illustrated book pays a long-overdue tribute to some of India’s greatest painted spaces.


Las Meninas and the Late Royal Portraits

A complete survey of one of the key periods in the history of the Spanish court portrait – 1650 to 1680 – a period which includes the peak of Velázquez’s career, with Las Meninas as his great masterpiece.

Verve: The Sound of America

The Sound of America

A beautifully produced, highly visual record of how Verve Records changed the course of modern music and brought the sound of America to the world.

'Turns the story of a record label into a gloriously lively history of jazz; the book’s design almost makes you hear the music as you read’ – Books of the Year, The Observer

Vertical Living

Vertical Living
Interior Experiences by yoo

The new vertical village, sitting at the heart of the city, offers a stylish solution to urban living, with communal spaces that foster interaction between neighbours and designs that conserve land, energy and materials. Thanks to cutting-edge interior designers, architects and developers, these new high-density urban complexes are reinventing city living as a luxurious and desirable lifestyle.