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Stephen Ellcock is a curator who has expanded his Facebook page into an online museum of images, visual delights, oddities and wonders drawn from every conceivable culture, era and corner of the globe. With over 200K followers tuning in for his selections and views, he brings the art gallery directly to the people.
I must confess that I exclaimed with delight when I saw All Good Things for the first time. It is fabulously described as “a treasury of images to uplift the spirits and reawaken wonder”. The size is perfect, the cover divinely enticing, and it just beckoned me in. I simply sank into the pages of the most beautiful images of art from around the world and through time. You may already have heard of, or indeed follow Stephen Ellcock on social media. Over the last ten years he has shared his images with the world. And we have taken them to our heart. Here he “explores our world and the human response to it one realm at a time”, and so we visit various realms from ‘The Face of the Water’, through to ‘The Human Realm’ and ‘Gods and Monsters’. The images and their explanations sit patiently, just waiting for you to turn the page. I have quite fallen in love with this book, it is gorgeous. September Publishing has created a little masterpiece, and it has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book and one of my picks of the month. All Good Things is a treasure of a treasury and would make the most perfect gift (but make sure you keep a copy for yourself!). Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.
Bestselling author and online curator Stephen Ellcock selects pivotal images from art, films and television to chart the weird and wildly generous and creative spirit of England as it has developed over several thousand years. This is a dream of England, a glimpse of what it has been and what it could be. Something we capture in fleeting glimpses, outside the everyday interactions, the politicking and the rhetoric. This book tries to piece it together, from the films, tv shows and art that we have made, and the stories and poems we have written. How do we relate to the land that we live on? What energy do we draw from it, perhaps unconsciously? And what can we learn from the past that we can apply now, to heal this country? More than one hundred carefully selected images ranging from medieval psalters to contemporary television - plus accompanying text - show that English spirituality is not just rural Arcadia and Morris dancers on the village green and embraces both the sublime and the terrifying, the bucolic and the nightmarish. It is an affectionate tribute to the English spirit in both its calm and its manic manifestations, a scrapbook of the weird and the eerie , collecting images of some of the greatest moments in our culture, when things end up far from idyllic. It's also an inspirational book that shows off the best that all the different inhabitants of this land have been able to create across all media and in our landscapes, buildings and streetscapes. England is a tolerant, generous and wildly creative place and these things need to be asserted.
Dip in to this pack of 50 illustrated cards to refresh and revitalize your senses. How much of the world's beauty have we become indifferent to, caught up in the bustle and rush of day-to-day life? Take a break from the madness, and from your smartphone, and rediscover the magic of the world around you. Surprising, engaging prompts will help you hone in and focus on the world around you and tune back in to the things that really matter.
Be guided and inspired by the gods of the music world with this creative set of oracle cards. Are you suffering from creative block? Struggling to make a difficult life decision? Find out what David Bowie, Grace Jones, Maria Callas and other great artists would have done. Simply select a card from the pack and channel the oracle's advice on attitude, lifestyle or inspiration - any obstacle will become surmountable. Contains 50 oracle cards plus a booklet featuring the artists' biographies and details of how to use the cards.
Who was the most shocking rock band in living history, the Sex Pistols or Black Sabbath? Did Led Zeppelin destroy more hotel rooms than The Who? Was anyone more influential than The Beatles? And who threw more diva strops? This fun trump game rates 32 bands by criteria ranging from Commercial Success, to Appetite for Destruction to Sex Appeal. Settle the score on who rules the rock world with these 32 trump cards.