"It's the book you should give someone who thinks they don’t like novels … Here is surely a future prizewinner that is easy to read and impossible to forget."
— Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
The things history will do at the bidding of love.
On a warm Sunday afternoon, Nazia and Sharif are preparing for a family barbecue. They are in the house in Sheffield that will do for the rest of their lives. In the garden next door is a retired doctor, whose four children have long since left home. When the shadow of death passes over Nazia and Sharif’s party, Doctor Spinster’s actions are going to bring the two families together, for decades to come.
The Friendly Ones is about two families. In it, people with very different histories can fit together, and redeem each other.
One is a large and loosely connected family who have come to England from the subcontinent in fits and starts, brought to England by education, and economic possibilities. Or driven away from their native country by war, murder, crime and brutal oppression things their new neighbours know nothing about.
At the heart of their story is betrayal and public shame. The secret wound that overshadows the Spinsters, their neighbours next door, is of a different kind: Leo, the eldest son, running away from Oxford University aged eighteen. How do you put these things right, in England, now?
Spanning decades and with a big and beautifully drawn cast of characters all making their different ways towards lives that make sense, The Friendly Ones, Philip Hensher’s moving and timely new novel, shows what a nation is made of; how the legacies of our history can be mastered by the decision to know something about people who are not like us.
Format: New, Hardcover
Published in England: March 8. 2018
Publisher: Harpercollins / Gardners Books
Dimensions: 7.75"inches H x 1.50" inches D x 5.5" inches W
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Before Lennon was a singer, a Beatle, or a music legend, he was an artist. Professionally trained, he attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute form 1957 to 1960.
Throughout the course of his career, John Lennon’s work as an artist expressed common societal themes from every epoch he witnessed. Until now, little of this work has been seen in one place. For the first time, John Lennon: The Collected Artwork offers a visually captivating history of Lennon’s art from his early childhood to his untimely death in 1980.
This captivating collection includes more than 200 images and features 25 never-before-published pieces from the archives of Yoko Ono.
Often surreal and extremely vibrant, Lennon’s drawings were widely considered some of the finest interpretive art of the era.
In 1969, Lennon began exhibiting selected drawings from a series entitled Bag One. This array, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, was wildly popular and frequently censored due to its overt eroticism.
His peace-themed sketches have been used in antiwar movements since the 1970s. Selections from these and many other series are featured in this matchless collection, a beautiful showpiece and a timeless record of Lennon’s emotional, political, and imaginative spirit.
Lennon's artwork predated his success with The Beatles and remained a passion throughout his years as a music legend. During his lifetime, he produced numerous series of sketches and lithographs, which were published starting in the early 1960s.
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