Movie poster bonanza is further evidence of post-COVID auction phenomenon, says Chris Ewbank

Movie poster bonanza is further evidence of post-COVID auction phenomenon, says Chris Ewbank

Further evidence of auctioneering entering a new age of prosperity came with the near sell-out movie poster sale at Ewbank’s in Surrey on August 21. With 341 out of the 344 lots changing hands – a sell-through rate of over 99% – this was one of the most successful poster sales the...

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Smith & Partner announce September 15th launch for new South Kensington gallery

Smith & Partner announce September 15th launch for new South Kensington gallery

Fine art consultancy and art investment experts Smith & Partner have announced that the launch of their South Kensington gallery will take place on September 15th 2020. The evening is set to be a memorable occasion with British artist Deborah Azzopardi in attendance alongside the some of the UK’s most...

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Lullaby by Leila Slimani

Lullaby by Leila Slimani

Due to the general lack of, well, anything else to do, our next virtual meet-up came around quickly. One benefit of lockdown seems to be that reading time is up exponentially, especially when one group member’s husband (mine) is reliving his teenage years by hogging the television with an eBay...

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Devolution

Devolution

Devolution By Max Brooks ISBN-10: 1984820192 Max Brooks, son of Mel, deals in dystopia. With World War Z he managed to take the hoariest of the horrors; the practically antediluvian zombie apocalypse and resurrected it into an urgent new form. For his new tour around the end of the world,...

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Black and White movies

Black and White movies

If there is a problem with Spike Lee’s new film, Da Five Bloods, is that it doesn’t know what it it is. Which genre is it? Action adventure? Politico-historic drama? War film? Buddy movie? Or just a plain Spike Lee caper, which means it is slightly bonkers. The movie starts...

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V&A, Natural History Museum and Science Museum all announce August re-openings

V&A, Natural History Museum and Science Museum all announce August re-openings

Following one of the most significant closures in the history of London’s museums, the V&A has announced that it will reopen its doors to visitors on 6 August 2020. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum have also announced that their doors will reopen on 5 August and 19...

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Build Back to Health

Build Back to Health

Britain’s current government is good at sound bite slogans, it’s how they won the election and tipped the close-run Brexit referendum vote. Boris has recently announced the intention to invest in infrastructure, hospitals, schools, transport and housing. He, Rishi Sunak and their advisors will need to do more to speed...

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Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Whether you find Charlie Kaufman’s films enchanting or exhausting really depends on your tolerance for meta. From mysterious portals into the mind of John Malkovich, achingly sincere puppet sex or an ‘adaptation’ of The Orchid Thief where Kaufman writes himself into the script as the main character; the man’s oeuvre...

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Sicily: Island of Beauty and Conflict

Sicily: Island of Beauty and Conflict

The author opens his book with a quote from Winston Churchill writing about the Balkans, ‘They produce more history than they can consume,’ underlining the problems facing any writer trying to bottle the essence of Sicily. He cites beauty, conflict, civilisation and chaos as being the four ingredients that define...

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Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties

Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties

This new book could not have come out at a more apposite time, unlike poor William Sitwell’s The Restaurant, the History of Eating Out, just when you couldn’t. For the past weeks there have been demonstrations, not just in the US, but in the UK, about the brutal killing of...

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