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Culture and art is many things and at Tales you find a wide selection of art and culture books. If you enjoy a trip to the museum or an evening at the theatre this is the place for you. If you are more into architecture or a well written song, fear not you also find books about that. Lastly design and fashion is also part of our art and culture selection, so what are you waiting for? Set your inner creativity free and get inspired by some of the world’s best artists, musicians, designers or architects.

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  • - The Best of Billy Connolly
    by Billy Connolly
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    Outrageously funny story-telling from the nation's favourite comedian. Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the 'Best of Billy Connolly'. 'One of stand-up's great naturals. No one told a story better.' Guardian

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    by Declan Donnelly & Anthony McPartlin
    £9.99 - 16.99

    Celebrating 30 years together, Ant & Dec look back on three decades in the spotlight, with the full behind-the-scenes story and never-before-seen photos of the shows that made them the nation's best loved stars.

  • - The Sunday Times Bestseller 2020
    by Phillip Schofield
    £10.99 - 14.49

  • by Jasper Rees
    £14.99

    Written with approval of the help of her family and closest friends - including Julie Walters, Dawn French, Celia Imrie and many others - this is the definitive authorised biography of one of Britain's most talented and loved entertainers: Victoria Wood.

  • by Martin Kemp & Shirlie Kemp
    £16.49

    IT'S A LOVE STORY tells the incredible story of Martin and Shirlie Kemp - from the moment they set eyes on each other, through their stellar careers, to raising a family together. The book uncovers the personal highs and lows of Britain's favourite couple, and the unbreakable bond that has kept them strong.

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    £11.49

    Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah dah dah... That's right, Strictly Come Dancing is back and it's bigger than ever with an all new cast of stars ready to grace the dance floor.

  • - Life, Death and the Thrill of the Catch - The Sunday Times Bestseller inspired by the hit BBC TV series
    by Paul Whitehouse & Bob Mortimer
    £6.99 - 12.99

  • - My Life
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    £8.99 - 16.49

  • by ITV Ventures Limited & Abigail Kemp
    £14.49

    An official and comprehensive celebration of 60 years of Britain's favourite soap.

  • by Sally Rooney
    £5.99 - 18.99

    It's a deeply political novel, just as it's also a novel about love and about how difficult it is to speak and how difficult it is to change.

  • - A Life Lived to the Full - from Sporting Glories to Wild Stories
    by Alan Brazil
    £14.49

  • by Craig Brown
    £6.99 - 17.49

    From the award-winning author of Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret comes a fascinating, hilarious, kaleidoscopic biography of the Fab Four.

  • - Elton John Official Autobiography
    by Elton John
    £5.99 - 29.49

    The first and only official autobiography by the much-loved global icon Elton John

  • - How to capture exceptional images of food
    by Kimberly Espinel
    £21.99

    In this beautiful book, award-winning food photographer Kimberly Espinel walks you through all the ways in which you can bring your work to life, through planning, styling, lighting and editing.

  • - Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other
    by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish
    £9.49 - 18.99

    A road trip book with a difference. Stars of Outlander - Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish - explore Scotland, a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history, and warfare.

  • by Noel Fitzpatrick
    £6.98

    A powerful, heart-warming and inspiring memoir from the UK's most famous and beloved vet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - star of the Channel 4 series The Supervet.

  • - 40 Cocktails Selected by The Shelby Company Ltd
    by Sandrine Houdre-Gregoire
    £11.49

    Peaky Blinders Cocktail Book serves up 40 step-by-step cocktail recipes inspired by the critically acclaimed BBC period crime drama.

  • - My life and strange times in television
    by Louis Theroux
    £5.99 - 16.99

    A funny, insightful memoir by much-loved documentary maker Louis Theroux, who takes us on a weird and wonderful journey through his life and two decades of groundbreaking television.

  • by Emma Baxter-Wright
    £13.49

    A concise and illustrated biography on one of the world's most influential couturiers and founder of a global fashion brand.

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    by Matthew McConaughey
    £12.99 - 16.49

    From the Academy Award (R)-winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

  • by Wally Koval
    £17.49

    A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorised by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of Anderson's films, presented with the fascinating human stories behind each facade.

  • - Expand your knowledge of a galaxy far, far away
    by Pablo Hidalgo, Cole Horton & Dan Zehr
    £17.99

  • - The Official Companion to the Hit TV Series
    by Matt Allen
    £15.99

    The official companion to the hit TV series, Peaky Blinders. Packed full of unseen images, behind-the-scenes stories and interviews with the cast and creators of the show, this is the only book for fans preparing for the highly anticipated fifth season.

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    £27.49

    The only international collection of Beijing photographer Ren Hang, whose images garnered some 90 shows in his brief six-year career, as well as a mass following online. Vivid and explicit, Hang's images capture naked subjects outdoors, exposed, erect, and in an entanglement of bodies that put him at the forefront of a gender fluid world and of...

  • - 100 Comics that Built a Universe
    by Melanie Scott & Stephen Wiacek
    £17.49

  • - Collections and Creations
    by Daniele Bott
    £23.99

    Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. This title reveal its private archives, a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from 1920 onwards.

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    £27.48

    The first and only publication of its kind, Sneaker Freaker has been at the forefront of the global sneaker scene for nearly two decades. With over 650 redesigned pages, fresh photography, insane historical detail, and otaku-level minutiae, this monster anthology combines the magazine's finest and content created exclusively for TASCHEN into...

  • by Matthew Hranek
    £40.49

    A covetable celebration of watches and the stories at the heart of men's obsession with them.

  • - The Complete Fashion Collections
    by Jo Ellison & LOUISE RYTTER
    £41.49

  • - The Complete Haute Couture Collections 1962-2002
     
    £41.49

    The first comprehensive overview of Yves Saint Laurent's haute couture collections, presented through original catwalk photography.

Culture
What defines culture you might ask? The answer is culture is what defines you. It is what makes us humans human and differentiate us from all other species on the planet. Art and culture is what we share with others, whether it is so called high culture or pop culture. High culture is typically associated with the ‘finer’, classical art forms such as opera, classical music, visual art, ballet and plays. Works that often have a certain age and artistic acknowledgement begin it, but fine culture is also sometimes seen as “high-brow” and not something everyone can understand and that’s sad, because culture and cultural books are for everyone no matter the kind. On the other end of the spectrum we have pop culture that typically is associated with more modern, popular and mainstream forms of culture. It can be pop music, cartoons or big blockbuster movies. We have cultural books from each side of the spectrum, but the best thing is that a change between the two concepts is coming and people are more open about mixing high culture and pop culture, because they are not that different at all. The most important thing about culture is that it connects us and is part of who we are. It can create communities and friendships, but also let us reflect upon ourselves. You can get wiser on that topic in some of our selection’s culture books. 

Art
In our selection you find some of the finest art books featuring some of the greatest artists in history and now. Art is a very important part of our culture. In art you have the possibility of getting engrossed in a wonderful painting, a provocative sculpture, a brilliant play or a beautiful ballet. 
In art you can get lost in the most wonderful stories and themes and identify yourself with someone who doesn’t necessarily look and act like you. By experiencing that you improve your ability of empathy. At the same time you can learn about yourself through art and art books especially when it comes to feelings that can be difficult to describe. In art the themes and problematics are universal and that’s why we feel recognized when experiencing a play, listening to a symphony, studying a great painting or reading a good art book. The art books are best enjoyed in a relaxed setting giving the art room to speak. 
Another beautiful thing about art is that it needs interpretation. When a person meets a well painted painting, a classical sculpture, or a provocative installation it makes us reflect about what it means, and what the art will tell us about society, life or yourself. Everyone can get something different out of a good artwork, because it speaks directly to you and functions as a dialog, where you will have to finish the sentence with your interpretation taking our own life and experiences into the artwork.
We also have a lot of artist books. One of the most talented and popular artists right now are the world famous Dane Vilhelm Hammershøi. Hammershøi has a very significant way of painting giving voice to the melankolic side of the world and of us humans. The painter is famous for his artworks of especially white doors in his apartment in Copenhagen. In the paintings Hammershøi plays with light and shadow in a brilliant way giving room to both sides, which also could be seen as a reflection of life that contains both. The motive also makes the art watcher wonder what is on the other side of the doors or corridors making them compose a continuation of the painting. You can read about Hammershøi in an European context in the artist book Hammershoi and Europe

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