Hunting Raven Books

Frome's Independent Bookshop

Month: November 2010

Kevin McCloud

Kevin visited us at Hunting Raven Books on Saturday 13th November to sign copies of his newly published book 43 Principles of Home.  He chatted to the many customers who were eager to meet him and also talk to him about their own ‘grand design’ projects! Kevin is best known as presenter of Channel 4’s very popular BAFTA-nominated ‘Grand Designs’, now in its tenth series.  He also writes books and articles about decoration, design, lighting and colour, and is editor-at-large of Grand Designs magazine. In addition, Kevin is a product and lighting designer and has produced ranges of furniture, lighting and tableware for high street names.

Enjoying Life in the 21st Century

Kevin McCloud’s 43 Principles of Home represents a landmark piece of interiors publishing.
Inspired by a love of buildings, dismayed by the decline in craftsmanship and challenged by the energy crisis of this century Kevin has distilled a lifetime of design into a very readable and inspiring book, a guide to modern life.

Kevin explores all areas of domestic living, from materialism to sustainability, craftsmanship to comfort. In his witty, wide-ranging commentary on the way we live now, the things we have gained and lost, Kevin’s beautifully written text brings insight and understanding. Full of knowledge, opinions and ideas, it is a very personal mission, a call for the West to live life with more care.

It also delivers practical advice, Kevin’s 43 principles of home – each addressing very real and solvable domestic issues from the best way to light your house and layout your kitchen to creating an extension that really works. His advice ranges from specific subjects like eco concrete and heated windows to broader ideas on how to shop and how to share with your street. This boldly designed book is an inspiring usable guide from the foremost voice in modern architectural design.

Peter Clark

Frome author Peter Clark came to Hunting Raven Books on Saturday October 30 at 11:00am to sign copies of his two new books.

ISTANBUL is published by Signal Books in the series Cities of the Imagination. It has been described as a biography of an extraordinary city, with the author reviewing its imperial histories and exploring one of its lesser known corners.

The second book is COFFEEHOUSE FOOTNOTES, which in a series of essays and reviews, and with his own amusing personal memories, offers a sweeping and balanced perspective on an area of the world that has always been at the heart of international politics. The book is packed with information, ideas and anecdotes.

Peter Clark has had wide experience of living, working and travelling in the Middle East over the past fifty years. He worked for the British Council, the cultural arm of the British government overseas, for thirty years in seven different Arab countries and he has in these books encapsulated his experiences living and working in the Middle East. He has translated works on contemporary Arab fiction and he also writes obituaries for The Guardian, and book reviews for the TLS and Asian Affairs. He describes his writing as somewhere between journalism and academia; he is working on another in the Landscapes of the Imagination series, this time on Damascus. Over the years, Peter has collected a PhD and an OBE. He is married, is a proud grandfather and is based in Frome in Somerset.

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