W&N Biography HB August £25.00 432pp 978 1 474 60052 1 eBook: £25.00 / 978 1 474 60053 8
JAMES HAMILTON Gainsborough: A Portrait
Frank, lucid and modern, this is an exhilarating new biography of the most sensuous artist of the eighteenth century.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today.
There has been much art history written about this chameleon artist, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.
James Hamilton is an art and cultural historian. His books include Turner: A Life, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain. He has curated dozens of highly influential exhibitions, among them Turner and the Scientists at the Tate.
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire www.jhhamilton.co.uk
W&N Sport HB August £18.99 384pp 978 1 409 14445 8 eBook: £18.99 / 978 1 409 14446 5
JONATHAN WILSON The Anatomy of Manchester United A History in Ten Matches
The story of Manchester united told through ten key games that helped to shape its history, from the author of Inverting the Pyramid.
Award-winning writer Jonathan Wilson selects ten landmark matches from Manchester United’s history, from the first time they lifted the FA Cup, beating Bristol City in 1909, to the Cup victory of 2016 that proved to be Louis van Gaal’s last game in charge. In doing so, he identifies the pivotal moments in the club’s rise to becoming one of the foremost teams of the twentieth century.
Wilson goes back to the matches themselves and subjects them to forensic examination, re-evaluating and reassessing, and delving beyond the white noise of banal player quotes and instant judgements to discover why what happened happened. It is, as far as possible, a football history of a great club.
Jonathan Wilson’s Inverting the Pyramid won the National Sporting Club Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. He writes for the Guardian, and is editor of The Blizzard.
Location: Wandsworth, London T: @jonawils
W&N Non-fiction • August 2017