First on our list this month…
A distinct original, Audrey Hepburn is perhaps best loved for her incomparable elegance, luminous beauty and inimitable sense of style. Out now in paperback, Pamela Clarke Keogh’s Audrey Style celebrates the life of this captivating star, whose trademark boyish figure, cropped hair and ballet slippers resonate still through the fashion world of today. Complete with first time interviews from those closest to her, this style biography features original sketches from leading fashion designers, such as Vera Wang, Manolo Blahnik and Alexander McQueen and over 90 colour and black-and-white photographs, many of which have never before been published. From the struggles of her early life to the complex relationship she shared with her mother, from her weight to her loves, Audrey Style reveals all that contributed towards Audrey’s transformation into one of the most memorable women of the 20th century.
Audrey Style is issued in paperback at £11.99 and is available at:
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6690562 [Also available in hardback.]
Next, we have a tale of triumph from first-time author Christine Adams…
A Lifetime in the Building is the remarkable story of May Savidge, her compulsive hoarding and the home she single-handedly demolished and rebuilt at the age of 60. Inheriting the sadly dilapidated house upon Auntie May’s death 23 years later, Christine Adams and her family soon discover that, throughout her life, this extraordinary woman had carefully stored away every bus ticket, every sweet wrapper, every glamorous dress ever worn. Faced with the daunting task of having to rummage through this strange wealth of belongings piece by piece, Christine quickly finds herself plunged into a bygone world filled with heartbreak, heroism and hard-fought battles with bureaucracy. With an introduction by Paul Atterbury of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, this is the intriguing book of a woman’s quest to lay the ghost of her Auntie May and the house she built to rest.
A Lifetime in the Building is issued in hardback at £16.99 and is available at: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6541510
And finally, our music titles for this month include…
Passionate, intelligent and hard-hitting, Pat Gilbert’s Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash offers the first real behind-the-scenes glimpse into the complex history of a band that shaped a generation of disillusioned youth with their ferocious mix of politics and punk rock. Written by the former editor of the internationally acclaimed music magazine Mojo, this book examines the early lives of the Clash’s classic line up, the tensions arising from their particularly gruelling and chaotic touring, the tragic death of Joe Strummer and more. Drawing on over 70 original interviews with key contributors to the band’s success, such as Kosmo Vinyl, Don Letts and Caroline Coon, as well as the band members themselves, Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash sheds new light on those areas of the story all too often overlooked.
Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash is issued in paperback at £7.99 and is available at:
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=6541473 [Also available in hardback.]