Doctor Who: The Whoniverse
The Untold Story of Space and Time
Compiled by two Doctor Who novelists, this illustrated companion tells the history of the universe through the renegade Time Lord’s encounters with humans and with lifeforms from other planets. After explaining the cause of the Big Bang, it charts the rise of Cybermen and Daleks, describes how Earth has survived many alien incursions and ends in humanity’s final haven of Utopia.
Emblem of The American Spirit
Mickey Mouse first appeared in an animated film in 1928 and helped establish Disney as a national institution. Co-opted by the pop art generation, Mickey became a cultural icon, used and adapted, often ironically, in product design, satirical literature and contemporary art. This illustrated review investigates the character's original conception and traces its development and subsequent adoption as a shorthand for certain aspects of American culture.
Making a Noise
Getting it Right, Getting it Wrong in Life, Broadcasting and the Arts
This candid memoir by Czech-born journalist and arts administrator John Tusa recollects the wrangles with BBC senior management over the creation of Newsnight in 1979 (he was a presenter). It also reveals how as managing director of the World Service (1986–93) he saw off unwanted political influence over its remit. And musing on his stint as head of the Barbican (1995–2007), he demonstrates how his passion for the arts turned the centre’s fortunes around.
Turkish Art and Architecture
From the Seljuks to the Ottomans
Turks first arrived in the Anatolian peninsula in 1071, when the Seljuks, a nomadic people from Central Asia, defeated the Byzantine forces at Manzikert. The empires that they and their successors, the Ottomans, built straddled East and West, and created a new architectural idiom that drew on Graeco-Roman, Persian and Islamic sources. Stunningly illustrated with more than 250 colour photographs, this volume charts the 1,000-year development of Turkish architecture, alongside that of decorative arts such as manuscripts, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.
Master of Shadows
The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
A favourite among 17th-century European monarchs, the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) had both access to royal courts and a perfect cover for diplomacy and espionage. In this biographical study Mark Lamster explores Rubens’ art, his personal aim to bring to an end the Eighty Years’ War, and his clandestine missions throughout Europe, from Antwerp (then on the frontline of the Dutch-Spanish conflict) to the Spanish court. Slightly off-mint. American-cut pages..