Search Results: "Stephen Bayley"


BOOK REVIEW

TASTE by Stephen Bayley
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Much of the impact of this smart, sweeping, intermittently clarifying commentary comes from well-captioned b&w photographs of influential landmarks of taste—from a Paris restaurant of 1900 to Converse sneakers, Coco Chanel, a William Morris print, and the Rothschilds' chateau."
A British design critic (Harley Earl and the Dream Machine, 1983) offers an opinionated tour of the modern and mercurial concept of taste, that ``merciless betrayer of social and cultural attitudes.'' ``Good'' and ``bad'' taste, Bayley argues, are not absolutes, and no longer the simple matter of rules they were in Joshua Reynolds's England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NECESSARY CAT by Nicola Bayley
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Every page of this lovely catalogue is ideal for children to pore over, but also a tribute for cat-lovers of all ages. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a cat fanatic's dream, Bayley exalts felines in the definitive collection of cat bric-a-brac while presenting many nibbles of feline fancy for all ages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRIS AND HER FRIENDS by John Bayley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A moving final tribute to the healing force of memory and the sustaining power of love."
Sweet memories of the distant past are juxtaposed with present agonies as Bayley, a retired Oxford don, novelist, and critic, concludes the story of wife, Iris Murdoch's struggle with Alzheimer's disease in this piercing follow-up to Elegy for Iris (1998). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RED HAT by John Bayley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 18, 1998

"For readers in the right mood, a giddy dose of helium; for others, a farrago of tediously precious folderol."
Postmodern mysteries from Paul Auster to Martin Amis have generally been dark and despairing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Could have been funnier, should have been kinder."
The memoirs of an acidic curmudgeon and widower. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG SNUGGLE-UP by Brian Patten
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A sweet complement to a wintry night by the fire snuggled up in a lap… but beware those who take a page from the boy's book and invite in a menagerie of their own. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Predators and prey alike arrive to snuggle into a boy's cozy cottage to sleep through a winter storm in this visually breathtaking work from illustrator Bayley and British poet Patten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TYGER VOYAGE by Richard Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1976

"There's not a snag or a hint of strain in Adams' old-style verse and tongue-in-cheek decorum, but we found the whole performance as inconsequential as it is impeccable."
Though their spoofy intent doesn't entirely redeem the stultifying preciosity of Bayley's fussy Victorian interiors and surreal landscapes, the paintings do complement Adams' mock-heroic rhymed tale of the human narrator's "tyger" neighbors, Ezekiel and Raphael Dubb. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FUN WITH MRS. THUMB by Jan Mark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An elegant little charmer of a book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poor Mrs. Thumb! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATJE, THE WINDMILL CAT by Gretchen Woelfle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note follows the story, detailing the historical events that inspired the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of feline heroism from 15th-century Holland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"An ideal replacement for the edition of these tales illustrated by Inga Moore (1992), and other edited versions. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Printed on heavy, coated stock, with wide floral borders adding further notes of luxury, these three complete tales from Kipling's classic, with attendant verses, get both sumptuous packaging and a generous helping of small, finely detailed illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATTI SMITH by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"But she and her many fans deserve better than this sometimes sensationalistic, second-hand account of her life."
Lou Reed and Keith Richards biographer Bockris offers the first full-length portrait of —70s rock icon Patti Smith, a woman whose charismatic live shows and uncompromising music earned her the moniker "The High Priestess of Punk." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE POWER OF DELIGHT by John Bayley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2005

"Bayley is England's Edmund Wilson, and reading him on reading others truly is an education."
A generous display of the indefatigable British critic's wares: nearly 70 informed, eloquent, and endlessly stimulating book reviews and literary essays. Read full book review >