In addition to working on illustrated reference books, I also edit an annual journal for the Building Limes Forum and help new authors turn their initial ideas into manuscripts. For nine years, I was a member of the proofreading team at the Central Office of Information in London, which dealt with numerous government publications for clients including the Home Office, Electoral Commission, Royal Navy, Migration Advisory Committee, NHS and DfES. This required a high level of accuracy that I maintain in all my work.
This new volume in The Big Idea series surveys the detrimental impact humans have had on the planet and evaluates what we can do to reverse the damage.The effects of global warming are being felt around the world through climate change, and images of our rivers and oceans choking with plastic have provoked an instinctive, horrified reaction. In response, governments, corporations, and individu... read more
This new volume in The Big Idea series evaluates the impact of the increased use of technology in everyday life on society.Modern technology has undoubtedly enhanced our lives in numerous, powerful ways―we can now communicate in real time with friends and colleagues around the world, and do mundane tasks such as shopping or banking at a touch. But has there been a detrimental effect on our hea... read more
This stimulating entry in the “Big Idea” series assesses the connections between gender, psychology, culture, and sexuality, revealing how individual and social attitudes have evolved over the centuries. When we are born, we are each assigned a gender based on our physical anatomy. But why is it that some people experience dissonance between their biological sex and their personal identity? Is... read more
This fascinating entry in The Big Idea series lays out the ethical implications and the costs of modern medicine.Over the course of human history, medicine has achieved incredible successes―but at what cost? This latest book in The Big Idea series explores the state of modern medicine, examining the ethics of medical and healthcare practices and the impact they have on modern life. This fascin... read more
This timely volume in The Big Idea series surveys the evolution of AI over the last sixty years and explores how it’s transforming society today and for decades to come.Artificial Intelligence, which once felt like a far-off futuristic fantasy, is now changing everyday life. The past sixty years have witnessed astonishing bursts of growth in the field of AI―the science and computational techno... read more
Written by an international team of artists, art historians and curators, this absorbing and beautiful book gives readers unparalleled insights into the world s most iconic artworks. Art: The Whole Story traces the development of art period by period, with the illustrated text covering every genre, from painting and sculpture to conceptual art and performance art. Cultural timelines are there ... read more
Unlike many other artistic media, photography’s origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field’s dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement. Each key genre is chronologically presented within its social, economic, and polit... read more
From the 18th century to the present, every aspect of design is covered in one single, spectacularly designed volume that will appeal to experts and general audiences alike. This chronologically organized compendium guides readers through the evolution of modern design, from its emergence in the 18th century to the present. Generously illustrated chapters trace the development of design: the c... read more
This latest addition to the Whole Story series offers an encyclopedic and lavishly illustrated survey of architecture throughout human history. Sweeping in reach and exhaustive in detail, Architecture: The Whole Story is an indispensible reference for anyone interested in the evolution of our built environment. Ranging chronologically from the Neolithic period to the sustainability movement of... read more
Explore 100 gardens from around the world with this illustrated guide to the design elements of each—from historical style to planting and landscape design. This comprehensive reference offers gardens from many periods of history—Islamic, Renaissance, English Landscape, Arts & Crafts, and more—and geographically diverse environments—from a nighttime sculpture garden on the Oregon coast, to a s... read more
Encompassing everything from townhouses and farmsteads to mountain cabins and beach houses, this beautifully illustrated and comprehensive reference will inspire both first-time decorators and experienced interior designers. Explore 100 exemplary private homes through 600 lavish images, from Manhattan and Marrakech to Madrid and Melbourne, with stops in Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong, Istanbul,... read more
The Art of Love tells the stories of the most fascinating couples of the art world, exploring the passionate, challenging and loving relationships behind some of the world’s greatest works of art. From Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to Joseph Cornell and Yayoi Kusama, Josef and Anni Albers to Gilbert & George – Kate Bryan delves into the formation, and sometimes breakdown, of each romance, docum... read more
Why You Can Build it Like That
Come on, you know you’ve thought it―while viewing a “masterpiece” of abstract art, you mutter, “A kid could do that.” Here Susie Hodge, author of How to Survive Modern Art, explains why the best examples of modern art are actually the result of sophisticated thought and serious talent. From Marcel Duchamp’s notorious Fountain and the scribbles of Cy Twombly to Mark Rothko’s multiforms and Carl... read more
The only official, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Jacksons' lives and careers, celebrating 50 years of one of the greatest acts of all time. The Jacksons: Legacy is the first official book on the the Royal Family of Pop. Unrivaled access to the family archives as well as the private collections of Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson, combined with 12 days of exclusive interviews with the broth... read more
Sumptuously illustrated, engaging, and insightful, Mary Wilson’s book charts the glittering story of The Supremes, as it showcases their glamorous and iconic ensembles.As Motown’s leading act in the 1960s, The Supremes became synonymous with glamorous, elegant, coordinated ensembles. Supreme Glamour presents founding member Mary Wilson’s unparalleled collection, showcasing thirty-two of the gr... read more
One of the most beautiful and comprehensive sourcebooks of fabric swatches from every key designer of the last century This exhaustive sourcebook book presents the most eye-catching and important pieces from an array of more than 100 of the world’s fashion designers. Covering both contemporary and classic designs―from historic houses such as Sophie Hallette, masters of lace, to the edgiest wor... read more
The second volume in Prestel's Whole story series is a lavish, nicely priced, and authoritative book tracing the complete evolution of fashion, from togas to Tory Burch.This enthralling book takes readers through every major era of fashion history: classical Greece and Rome; the court dress of the Tang Dynasty; the emergence of the Japanese kimono; early Native American and Pre-Colombian texti... read more
The ultimate who's who in the world of fashion design. Fashion Design Directory presents an enticing panorama of 150 key players in fashion, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. These are the people and companies that have shaped the world of fashion as we know it and defined the modern perception of style. For ease of reference, the book is organized alphabetically by fa... read more
The shocking story of a deadly trend in Victorian wallpaper design, illustrated by beautiful and previously unseen arsenic-riddled designs from the British National ArchivesIn Germany, in 1814, Wilhelm Sattler created an extremely toxic arsenic and verdigris compound pigment, Schweinfurt green–known also as Paris, Vienna, or emerald green–which became an instant favorite amongst designers and ... read more
A beautifully illustrated look at the evolution of surgery, as revealed through rare technical illustrations, sketches, and oil paintings The nineteenth century saw major advances in the practice of surgery. In 1750, the anatomist John Hunter described it as “a humiliating spectacle of the futility of science”; yet, over the next 150 years the feared, practical men of medicine benefited from a... read more
An incisive and startling international review of the evolution of dentistry from the Bronze Age to the present day, presented in a gorgeous packageThis achingly fascinating book follows the evolution of dentistry throughout the world from the Bronze Age to the present day, featuring captivating, grim illustrations of the tools and techniques of dentistry through the ages. It charts the changi... read more
The history of paint and color in interior design, spanning a period of three centuriesWhy were primary colors popular in postwar kitchens? Why did the Art Deco era prefer clean lines and pastel shades? This comprehensive illustrated history of the use of color and paint in interior decoration answers these questions and many more.Drawing on his huge specialist archive, historian and paint exp... read more
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