A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
From the world's first postage stamp, the 1840 Penny Black, to the First Class stamp 2012, Chris West's selection of 36 stamps – 'some beautiful, some quirky, some baffling, some stained with blood' – are the inspiration for his idiosyncratic and entertaining history of Britain. Among his collection are the 1881 Penny Lilac (33 billion printed); the first decimal set (1971); and a single foreign stamp telling a story of reparations and hyperinflation: a 1923 German 200 mark stamp, overprinted 2 million.
My Brother's Book
Published in 2013, a year after Sendak's death, My Brother's Book is his tribute to his elder brother who died in 1995. Addressed to adults rather than children, the short and, at times, enigmatic text echoes themes from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, while the watercolours, showing the influence of Blake and Chagall, evoke an uncertain world of danger and loss. With a foreword by Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt.