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Book Club


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Sunday 16 February 2020


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Join our lively book club discussions.

There is no Book Club in December.


Sunday 19 January – Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters by Martin Gayford

Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting the lives of artists including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. The book demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and Swinging London in the 1960s.


Sunday 16 February – Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life by Claire Tomalin

Katherine Mansfield was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, moving in the same circles as D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Claire Tomalin’s biography brings us nearer than we have ever been to this courageous, greatly gifted, haunted and haunting writer.


Sunday 15 March – Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship by Andy Friend

Seventy-five years after Ravilious’s untimely death, Andy Friend tells the story of this group of artists from their student days through to the Second World War. Ravilious & Co. explores how they influenced each other and how a shared experience animated their work, revealing the significance in this pattern of friendship of women artists, whose place within the history of British art has often been neglected.


Sunday 19 April – Playing to the Gallery by Grayson Perry

Based on Grayson Perry’s hugely popular Reith Lectures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask.


Sunday 17 May – Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne

First published in 1789 and continuously in print since then, Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne reveals a world of wonders in nature. There have been 300 editions of the book, including much-loved illustrated editions by Modern British artists including Eric Ravilious, John Nash, Gertrude Hermes, Clare Leighton and John Piper, amongst others.


Sunday 21 June – Breakfast at Sotheby’s by Philip Hook

Breakfast at Sotheby’s is a wry, intimate, truly revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from Philip Hook, a senior director at Sotheby’s. Built on 35 years’ experience of the art market, Hook reveals how auction houses and dealers decide how much an artwork is worth, and what it will be worth in the future.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

Book Club books are available in the Pallant Bookshop at 20% discount to attendees. Please present your ticket to the leader on the day.

Non-Friends may access the Gallery at the full entrance price.