Written with the charm of a master storyteller and the taste buds of a master chef, this is an ideal gift which conjures up memorable meals in far-flung spots, from Italy to Mississippi via Tehran and Pakistan. Beautifully illustrated with 18 original black and white woodcuts. A Pike in the Basement celebrates the importance of food as an aspect of culture, and the role played by taste and smell in our memories of travelling. Each chapter ends with a mouth-watering recipe.
A republication and update of Miroslav Sasek's glorious drawings of Paris originally published in the 1960s. This iconic book is suitable for children aged 4 and upwards and includes basic facts and brief history of the city.
Orphan, clock keeper and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when he suddenly collides with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth, Hugo's secrets and his uncover life are put in jeopardy. With 284 pages of original drawings, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Boldly innovative and really quite special.
A comprehensive and richly illustrated view of the city's art treasures, with particular emphasis on relics of the Baroque era. Decent essays on the history of art in Vienna and on the state of contemporary Viennese art add further appeal.