Beautiful Books 3

or, ‘You can (sometimes!) judge a book by its cover’

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Not due until late Summer, Ali Smith’s ‘Autumn’ moves away from the photographic covers (at least in the hardback versions) of her last few novels and boasts David Hockney’s beautiful ‘Early November Tunnel’ (2006). The book also gets a seasonal feel, with the stark white backdrop and clean, clear typeface of earlier works replaced with an altogether warmer orange and chunkier, friendlier font.

If you wanted to know anything more about Hockney’s work at this time then you could do worse than ‘A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney’ by Martin Gayford (Thames and Hudson 2011). The book contains a decade’s worth of conversations with Hockney, coveting life, work and the art of painting, alongside many beautifully reproduced paintings.

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