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Trolls are everywhere! This book is a history of trolls from their first appearances in folk tales - some people reported actual encounters with trolls, and others found such encounters plausible even if they were not sure - and follows a natural transition from folklore to trolls in other domains of popular culture.

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Trolls by John Lindow from Reaktion Books

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Food has always been a favourite subject of the world’s artists, from still-lifes by Matisse and Picasso to the works of Claes Oldenberg and Andy Warhol. But how do artists eat? The Modern Art Cookbook provides a window into how both great and lesser-known modern artists, writers and poets ate, cooked, depicted and wrote about food.

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The Story of Black explores the ambiguous relationship the world’s cultures have had with this often self-contradictory colour, examining how black has been used as a tool and a metaphor in a multitude of startling ways.

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The blues of Blue Mythologies include those present in the world’s religions, a robin’s egg, science, slavery, gender, sex, art, literature and contemporary film.

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More than any other figure throughout art’s long history, Andy Warhol has attracted fans, aficionados, enthusiasts, experts, critics, art historians, philosophers and many thoughtful others who have not just reported on the details of his life’s work but have struggled to make sense of it as an enigma.

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The Luminous and the Grey is a study of the places where colour comes into being and where it fades away, an inquiry into when colour begins and when it ends, both in the material world and in the imagination. Batchelor draws on a wide range of material, including neuroscience, philosophy, literature, film and the writings of artists; and makes use of his own experience as an artist who has worked with colour for more than twenty years.

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In Brazilian Jive, David Treece uncovers the genius of Brazilian song, both as a sophisticated, articulate art form crafted out of the dialogue between music and language and as a powerfully eloquent expression of the country’s social and political history.

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Bollywood movies have long been known for their colourful song-and-dance numbers and knack for combining drama, comedy, action-adventure and music. The strikingly illustrated 'Bollywood’s India' examines Hindi cinema's depictions of everyday life in Indian society and asks what they reveal about India as a nation. This illuminating book argues that Bollywood's interpretations of India over the last two decades are a reliable guide to understanding the nation’s changing hopes and dreams.

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Beastly London explores the complex and changing relationship between Londoners of all backgrounds and their animal neighbours, and reveals how animals helped to shape the city’s economic, social and cultural history.

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The Fall and Rise of China: Healing the Trauma of History traces the country’s development in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries up to the present day

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