The Secret Lives of Colour (Paperback)
  • The Secret Lives of Colour (Paperback)

The Secret Lives of Colour (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 06/09/2018
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Lively and engagingly written, The Secret Lives of Colour decodes colour in culture through art, history, fashion and fiction from Yves Cline blue to the scarlet woman. A fascinating cultural history.

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for November 2018

'A dazzling and vibrant history of colour, from Van Gogh's wilting yellow sunflowers to Turner's deadly green and Picasso's darkest period' - The Mail on Sunday

From its origins as a column in Elle Decoration, Kassia St Clair presents a dazzling catalogue of the hues that have shaped our planet.

The Secret Lives of Colour peels back the hidden history of some 75 pigments and reveals their mesmeric relationship to our culture, from the origins of silver being the substance of choice for our tableware to Isaac Newton’s surprisingly arbitrary definition of the spectrum to entertain his own theories.

Originally available as a much-sought after hardback edition, this paperback version captures all the colourful essence of the original and can be read either as an enthralling narrative journey or something to dip into for inspiration and sometimes surprising intrigue.

St Clair also reveals similar hidden dimensions to the history of fabric in her equally stunning new title, The Golden Thread.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473630833
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 533 g
Dimensions: 197 x 164 x 26 mm
Edition: Illustrated edition


'If you want to fall back in love with colour, read The Secret Lives of Colour.'  - The Sunday Telegraph

'This is a gorgeous book.' - The Guardian

'Beautiful...See how a single colour can tell different stories across the globe.' - The Daily Mail

'Charming.' - The Financial Times

'From pink boys' clothes to blue warpaint; why orange spells danger and other colourful tales.' - The Daily Telegraph

'A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every colour has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking. Very hard painting the hallway magnolia after this inspiring primer.' -  Simon Garfield

'A companionable, informative and lively guide to sights so easily taken for granted.' - The Economist

'An irresistible lexicon of colours.' - Country Living

'Well-researched and engaging.' - House & Garden

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“Fall in Love with Colour”

Fancy a different read?
This gorgeously spotted book on colour is the perfect choice! Such a beautifully written book about the history of colours with a descriptive story behind each one.
It will make you look at... More

Hardback edition
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Rachel at Waterstones Arc, Bury St. Edmunds

“Every Colour Has A Story”

The cover all the way to the back page instantly grabs your attention with it's beautiful design!
Inside is bright and vibrantly compact with colours each with their own story that has been well researched. It... More

“A good book for grey winter months.”

I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband who does the lighting for our local am. dram. group but I'm enjoying it too. Intriguing stories and wonderful names for colours which will make me look at them... More

Paperback edition
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