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.
Travels With My Sketchbook
Michael Foreman dreamed of seeing the world as a boy, but never imagined his artistic talents would enable him to travel, first through a scholarship to visit America and subsequently with commissions to document North Sea oil rigs and the World Fair in Japan. Including a football game in the Andes and pony-trekking in Kashmir, Foreman’s travelogue, which spans the 1960s to the 1990s, is illustrated with his line drawings and watercolours.