One of two new books covering similar ground. But London’s New Scene – Art and Culture in the 1960s is the first on the shelves. Read more
David Hockney is one of the most interesting characters in modern-day art. So if you have an interest art, the art scene or just the swinging sixties, Hockney: The Biography by Christopher Simon Sykes, which is published in hardback on November 24th by Century, should be for you.
There was a hugely-expensive, extremely limited edition book about the subject a couple of years back. Thankfully, the Beauty Is In The Street book, also known as A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising, is more affordable and plentiful.
The subject matter is the May 1968 student protests in Paris, which also spread to factories and other workplaces to create a general strike that brought the country to a standstill. Among the students were a group called the Atelier Populaire, which produced hundreds of posters to encourage the protestors and to report on police brutality.
This book reproduces over 200 of these iconic posters, as well as featuring a number of photographs, many published for the first time and translations of first-hand accounts of the clashes between the students, strikers and the police. 272 pages and published by Four Corners Books, this hardback book is available for £25.
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Fancy mixing up a classic this weekend? You need Vintage Cocktails by Laziz Hamani.
140 pages looking at 'the lost art of mixing the perfect drink' by using just a few ingredients and the right quantities. Plenty of drinks on show, along with images of the end product. So if you like the idea of offering up a Mary Pickford (white rum, pineapple juice, grenadine, maraschino liqueur) or a Cape Codder (vodka, cranberry juice, ice and a touch of lime), you know where to look.
Although it's not a cheap place to look, this glossy hardback coming in at a weighty £35.