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Top 10 books to read during self-isolation

Balm for the soul, in book form. Here at Lutterworth Press we have compiled a list of our top-10 books to read as you self-isolate.

Lutterworth Press Top 10

The Angel Roofs of East Anglia:
Unseen Masterpieces of the Middle Ages 

By Michael Rimmer

If you are missing the beautiful churches in your area, keep yourself going with this…

“Look at this book and give thanks that these angelic hosts were beyond the reach of the destroyers. Here for the first time they are rightly celebrated as a precious legacy from late medieval England.”

– Sir Roy Strong, art historian and former director of the National Portrait Gallery and V&A Museum

A masterly historical and photographic exploration of a neglected form of English figurative sculpture, the angel roofs that adorn many East Anglian churches.

Publication date: 27/08/2015
ISBN: 9780718893699
Pages: 142pp
RRP: £20.50 (PB)
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Espying Heaven:
The Stained Glass of Charles Eamer Kempe and his Artists 

By Adrian Barlow

Experience the magnificent stained glass windows of Kempe’s Churches before you visit them in person…

“Until very recently there has been little written about either Charles Eamer Kempe or his successor Studio, C.E. Kempe and Co. First, there was a personal account by the late Margaret Stavridi (Master of Glass, 1988) and now in the space of a year two substantial books by Adrian Barlow. His second volume, Espying Heaven: The Stained Glass of Charles Eamer Kempe and his Artists, makes evident the sheer quality, colour and richness of their work through a selection of windows and details in superb photographs by Alastair Carew.”

-Cox.Dr Donald Buttress LVO, OBE

A lavishly-illustrated exploration of the work of the Victorian church artist Charles Eamer Kempe and the team of artists he led and inspired.

Publication date: 31/01/2019
ISBN: 9780718894641
Pages: 144pp
RRP: £20.00 (HB)
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The Decorative Designs of C.F.A. Voysey:
New Revised Edition: From the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects 

By Stuart Durant

Procrastinating while working from home? Get inspiration from C.F.A. Voysey and redecorate

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) was one of the pivotal figures in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. His was a dynamic age – “Our descendants will envy the dawn through which we are passing,” wrote a contemporary – and his houses appealed to a forward-looking generation of intellectuals, writers and artists. In addition to his work as an architect, he was also well-known for his furniture and textile designs. The Decorative Design of C.F.A. Voysey is the first book to showcase Voysey’s designs, and to place him and his work squarely in the context of his times.

Publication Date: 28/09/2017
ISBN: 9780718893880
Pages:152pp
RRP: £25.00 (PB)
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Make-Believe:
God in 21st Century Novels 

By David Dickinson

Let Revd. Dr. David Dickinson help you make sense of all those novels you’re getting through…

“Written from personal conviction and with a clarity that will appeal to the general reader, David Dickinson argues that the modern novel in its multiple forms can stimulate us to imagine God afresh, and as such provides ideal material to provoke serious thought and discussion both within and without Christian reading communities. Make-Believe will certainly perk up the theological level of the average church bookstall and be of interest to a broader, religiously unaffiliated readership.”

– Elisabeth Jay, Professor Emerita, Oxford Brookes University

A fascinating exploration of the themes of God and belief in the modern novel, and how fiction can help shape the way we talk about the divine.

Publication date: 30/01/2020
ISBN: 9780718895471
Pages: 180pp
RRP: £20.00 (PB)
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Why Was Billy Bunter Never Really Expelled?:
and another Twenty-Five Mysteries of Children’s Literature 

By Dennis Butts and Peter Hunt

Take this moment to revisit children’s fiction and learn more about what it hides.

“Once again Dennis and Peter take us on an often unexpected but entertaining journey through the world of children’s authors, books, stories, and rhymes that we all know and love, but with their unique line of questioning and analysis. This long-awaited sequel is an essential gem of a publication for anyone with an interest in children’s literature or who, like me, had a bookish childhood.”

– Nigel Gossop, founder of The Westerman Yarns

A new collection of essays exploring the questions raised by children’s fiction, from textual puzzles to historical and cultural conundrums.

Publication date: 26/09/2019
ISBN: 9780718895440
Pages: 180pp
RRP: £19.50 (PB)
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Monumental Tales:
The Fascinating Stories behind the World’s Pet Statues and Memorials 

By Jackie Buckle

For those interested in animals and their impact in society this book will speak to you…

Around the world there are thousands of pet statues and memorials with fascinating stories behind them. Some reveal insights into our social history, such as the little brown dog in Battersea that was a focus of suffragette riots. Others have wonderfully quirky origins, like the twenty-three cats of York: sculptures added to buildings designed by a cat-loving architect. Many more reveal tales of courage, loyalty, myth, and legend.

Publication Date: 28/11/2019
ISBN: 9780718895457
Pages: 120pp
RRP: £17.50 (PB)
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Neither Here nor There:
The Many Voices of Liminality 

By Timothy Carson

This Easter, take a moment to consider liminality and where we might enocunter it

“Neither Here Nor There: The Many Voices of Liminality is an informed, interesting, and unique collection on the increasingly popular subject of liminality. Its multitude of contributors – the ‘many voices’ of this work – come from numerous different walks of life and all have different stories to tell. Carson’s edited work intriguingly weaves together the academic and the personal in this rich and diverse tapestry of all things liminal.”

– Dr Elizabeth Parker, University of West London

An interdisciplinary anthology of essays exploring the concept of liminality and its fruitful application across a wide range of contemporary subjects.

Publication Date: 28/02/2019
ISBN: 9780718895433
Pages: 270pp
RRP: £19.50 (PB)
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Eric Ravilious:
Memoir of an Artist 

By Helen Binyon

When you can’t go to the gallery, bring the gallery to you…

“This book will surely afford widespread pleasure: Eric Ravilious remains one of the most ardently admired members of a generation marked by outstanding talent, and Helen Binyon, a fellow student and intimate friend until the end of his life, was by far the best qualified to write it.”

– Sir John Rothenstein, art historian and former director of the Tate Gallery

An extensively illustrated portrait of one of the leading English artists of the inter-war period, who produced a major body of work in a variety of media.

Publication date: 29/09/2016
ISBN: 9780718829209
Pages: 144pp
RRP: £29.75 (PB)
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The Shining Sands:
Artists in Newlyn and St Ives 1880–1930 

By Tom Cross

Visit the landscape and people of West Cornwall from the comfort of your lounge…

In The Shining Sands, Tom Cross records the life and work of these artists, from the earliest arrivals in the 1870s through to the decade preceding the Second World War. In this period the artists’ colony grew into one of the most significant art movements of recent times, the influences of which directly inspired the post-war ‘modern’ movements, and which reverberate even today.

Publication date: 26/01/2017
ISBN: 9780718894511
Pages: 232pp
RRP: £30.00 (PB)
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The Thames:
An Artist’s Journey 

By Ashley Bryant

Remind yourself of the beautiful river running through our capital…

“This is an attractive and colourful collection of oils, watercolours and other paintings and drawings of the landscape and wildlife of the Thames.”

– Thames Guardian, The Journal of River Thames Society

A stunning collection of watercolours, oils and sketches tracing the length of the River Thames, telling the story of England’s greatest waterway.

Publication Date: 30/11/2006
ISBN: 9780718830625
Pages: 172pp
RRP: £29.50 (PB)
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Bonus Book

Artist about Cambridge

By Jon Harris, with Patrick Carnegy and Rob Howard

 See Cambridge through the eyes of an artist. “Citing – as he often did – Edgar Degas, my old Reading professor said, if you can’t draw you can’t paint. Jon Harris’s art has gone that right way. Artist about Cambridge should reap every reward.”

– Anthony Day

A collection of the paintings and drawings of the Cambridge artist Jon Harris, showcasing his unique view of the city landscape that has inspired him.

Publication Date: 30/04/2020
ISBN: 9780718895327
Pages: 128pp
Price: £19.50 (HB)
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