01.10.14: The Treasures of Noel Coward: Star Quality :: Hardcover Book/Dvd (2012)

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01.10.14: The Treasures of Noel Coward: Star Quality Hardcover Book/Dvd (2012)

Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; Har/DVD edition (16 Aug 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0233003495
ISBN-13: 978-0233003498
Product Dimensions: 30 x 26 x 4 cm

I think the publishers, Andre Deutsch/Carlton, are today's pioneers in book publishing. With their books on, to name but a few, Warhol, Dali, Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Dickens & Pink Floyd they are fighting back against the digital devices and giving a reason why people should still by the book in its physical form.

Why? Because they have obviously realised that to compete with things like Kindle you have to give the reader an overwhelming reason to buy the physical book. You have to make an event out of the release of the book, give the reader something they will treasure forever and just can't replicate by seeing it on a Kindle. They do this by giving more to the reader than just words. The sheer quality of the books are overwhelming and, for me, what brings them to life is the detachable fascimile artifacts and documents that you can place in your hand and get closer to the subject matter. These little pieces of treasure are something digital devices cannot replicate.

They are almost making the reading malarkey a 3d experience.

The books must be so expensive to publish they deserve to be purchased by as many people as possible as without Andre Deutsch then publishing in the UK would be a much poorer place. This book deserves to be a best seller as do the ones mentioned above because they are almost blindingly beautiful.

This is Fifty Shades of Art.

I would love to see them do a book on Jean Cocteau. I'm not sure if its commercially viable but just imagine what a treasure trove Andre Deutsch would produce.

© Paul Page, 2014

01.10.14: "The Treasures of Noel Coward: Star Quality Book Review

The Treasures of Noel Coward is a celebration of the life and work of this legendary figure, still a household name today, nearly 40 years after his death. Lord Louis Mountbatten said at Noel's 70th birthday: There are probably greater painters than Noel, greater novelists than Noel, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comedians, greater tragedians, greater stage producers, greater film directors, greater cabaret artists, greater TV stars. If there are, they are twelve different people. Only one man combined all twelve labels - The Master. As a songwriter (words and music) he rivals Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim, as a playwright his output exceeded that of Somerset Maughm (and his work is revived more often) and as an influential cultural figure he has no rival - Noel Coward is simply unique and this book tells the fascinating story of how the boy from the London suburbs conquered the world with his wit, charm and - as he modestly put it himself - star quality.

Book comes with an outer hard slipcase. Package contains:

A fully illustrated book featuring previously unpublished photographs from the Noel Coward Archive

Text by the world's foremost authority on Coward.

Facsimile reproductions of 21 of Coward's personal documents, including handwritten letters, lyrics, songsheets and more. Also contains a repro. folded promo poster of Brief Encounter.

A DVD containing songs, photographs and previously unplublished personal video footage.

Author Bio
Barry Day O.B.E. was born in England and received his M.A. from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of the Noel Coward Foundation. He was awarded the O.B.E. for services to British culture in the USA. The world's foremost expert on Noel Coward, he wrote Coward On Film: The Cinema of Noel Coward, Noel Coward: The Complete Illustrated Lyrics, The Noel Coward Reader, The Letters of Noel Coward and My Life With Noel Coward (with Graham Payne). He lives in New York City, London and Palm Beach.

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