Joanna Moorhead - The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington - Little, Brown Book Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • Paperback £14.99
    More information
    • ISBN:9780349008783
    • Publication date:06 Apr 2017
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9780349008769
    • Publication date:06 Apr 2017

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

By Joanna Moorhead

  • Hardback
  • £20.00

A personal biography of Leonora Carrington, the debutante who ran away to Mexico and became one of the world's most significant surrealist artists.

In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, Prim, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico. Although rarely spoken of in her own family (regarded as a black sheep, a wild child; someone they were better off without) in the meantime Leonora Carrington had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she now lived, while her paintings are fetching ever-higher prices at auction today.

Intrigued by her story, Joanna set off to Mexico City to find her lost relation. Later she was to return to Mexico ten times more between then and Leonora's death in 2011, sometimes staying for months at a time and subsequently travelling around Britain and through Europe in search of the loose ends of her tale.
They spent days talking and reading together, drinking tea and tequila, going for walks and to parties and eating take away pizzas or dining out in her local restaurants as Leonora told Joanna the wild and amazing truth about a life that had taken her from the suffocating existence of a debutante in London via war-torn France with her lover, Max Ernst, to incarceration in an asylum and finally to the life of a recluse in Mexico City.

Leonora was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s and a woman whose reputation will survive not only as a muse but as a novelist and a great artist. This book is the extraordinary story of Leonora Carrington's life, and of the friendship between two women, related by blood but previously unknown to one another, whose encounters were to change both their lives.

Biographical Notes

Joanna Moorhead writes for the Guardian. Born in Lancashire, she now lives in London. The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington is her first book.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780349008776
  • Publication date: 06 Apr 2017
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: Virago
This biography is as strange and haunting as Leonora Carrington's surrealist paintings — Lynn Barber, Sunday Times
The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington could easily have run to at least a hundred or so extra pages without exhausting its subject . . . a charming and at times inspirational book — Literary Review
An intimate portrait of this wild child of surrealism and tells her fascinating story as recounted during a series of meetings in the later stages of her life — Tate etc.
A funny, touching account of Joanna Moorhead 's unexpected friendship with the wildly imaginative painter and writer who happened to be her long-lost cousin . . . She is lucky to have found such a memorialist. — Peter Conrad, Obesrver
Da Capo Press

Fare Thee Well

Joel Selvin
Authors:
Joel Selvin
Corsair

Never Anyone But You

Rupert Thomson
Authors:
Rupert Thomson

A small city in western France, the early 1900s. Suzanne, a shy 17-year-old with a rare talent for drawing, is entranced by brilliant but troubled Lucie, the daughter of a Jewish newspaper magnate, and the two young women embark on a clandestine love affair.Suffocated by provincial convention and the restrictions of their gender, Lucie and Suzanne reinvent themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore and move to Paris. Before too long, they are mixing in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dalí to Andre Breton. Moreover, they are producing surrealist photographs of great power and strangeness.As World War Two looms, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is here that they confront their destiny, dreaming up a campaign of propaganda against Hitler's occupying forces that places them both in great danger.From one of our most celebrated writers, Never Anyone but You explores the gripping true story of two extraordinary women who smashed gender boundaries, redefining what it means to be a woman, and ultimately risked their lives to overcome oppression. Theirs is a story that has been hidden in the margins of history - until now...

Running Press Adult

The Girl

Michelle Morgan
Authors:
Michelle Morgan

When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The Seven Year Itch and let a gust of wind catch the skirt of her pleated white dress, an icon was born. Before that, the actress was mainly known for a nude calendar and one-dimensional, albeit memorable, characters on the screen. Though she again played a "dumb blonde" in this film and was making headlines by revealing her enviable anatomy, the star was now every bit in control of her image, and ready for a personal revolution.Emboldened by her winning fight to land the role of The Girl, the making of The Seven Year Itchand the eighteen months that followed was the period of greatest confidence, liberation, and career success that Monroe lived in her tumultuous life. It was a time in which, among other things, she:* Ended her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and later began a relationship with Arthur Miller* Legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, divorcing herself from the troubled past of Norma Jeane* Started her own production company;Studied in private lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg of the Actors Studio and became a part of the acting revolution of the dayThe ripple effects her personal rebellion had on Hollywood, and in trailblazing the way for women that followed, will both surprise and inspire readers to see the Marilyn Monroe in an entirely new light.

Running Press Adult

The Little Book of Bettie

Tori Rodriguez
Authors:
Tori Rodriguez

A lifestyle guide inspired by the Queen of Pinups -- Bettie Page -- The Little Book of Bettie offers real advice on fashion, makeup, fitness, and more for today's modern woman who loves a little dose of retro.The celebrated Queen of Pinups styled her own iconic hair, did her own makeup, fashioned her own swimsuits, and was ahead of her time in endless ways, making her a source of inspiration to stars like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry. Against the backdrop of the conservative 1950s, Bettie Page was an advocate of pleasure, fun, liberation, and body-positivity. There's so much to be learned from her! Within The Little Book of Bettie you'll find:* Bettie's remarkable backstory* Retro fashion and styling tips* Vintage hair and makeup lessons* Bettie-inspired fitness routines* DIY pinup accessory how-tosAdvice from "Bettie Babes" like Dita Von Teese, modern-day pinups and entertainers, and everyday women who love Bettie!Filled with both color and black-and-white images, The Little Book of Bettie is a beautifully gifty, celebratory look at the groundbreaking style of one of the greatest icons of pop culture.

Virago

The Little Book of Feminist Saints

Julia Pierpont, Manjit Thapp
Contributors:
Julia Pierpont, Manjit Thapp

This inspiring, beautifully illustrated collection honours one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world.A Stylist Must-read Book of 2018In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant and surprising biographies with stunning full-colour portraits of secular female 'saints': champions of strength and progress. These women broke ground, broke ceilings and broke moulds - includingMaya Angelou - Jane Austen - Ruby Bridges - Rachel Carson - Shirley Chisholm - Hillary Clinton - Marie Curie & Irene Joliot Curie - Isadora Duncan - Amelia Earhart - Artemisia Gentileschi - Grace Hopper - Dolores Huerta - Frida Kahlo - Billie Jean King - Audre Lorde - Wilma Mankiller - Toni Morrison - Michelle Obama - Sandra Day O'Connor - Sally Ride - Eleanor Roosevelt - Margaret Sanger - Sappho - Nina Simone - Gloria Steinem - Kanno Sugako - Harriet Tubman - Mae West - Virginia Woolf - Malala YousafzaiOpen to any page and find daily inspiration and lasting delight.'Bold and sassy, Pierpont and Thapp's "little" collection of secular "saints" stands tall: required reading for any seeking to broaden their historical knowledge.' Kirkus

Da Capo Lifelong Books

A Couple Cooks - Pretty Simple Cooking

Sonja Overhiser, Alex Overhiser
Authors:
Sonja Overhiser, Alex Overhiser
Da Capo Press

Access All Areas

Scott Ian
Authors:
Scott Ian

Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and cofounder of Anthrax and author of I'm the Man, collects all of his craziest hard rock stories into one balls-to-the-wall volume. Access All Areas has tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from Scott's many years on the road as well as his encounters with celebrities like Dimebag Darrell, Trent Reznor/NIN, Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister, John Carpenter, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Slayer, David Lee Roth, and many more.In recent years, Scott Ian's "Speaking Words" club tours have drawn a devoted crowd of metal fans who love a good rock story. Ian has perfected his delivery, comic timing, and ability to highlight where the ridiculous meets the sublime. Best of all, Ian seems to lack the ability to be embarrassed, rendering Access All Areas howlingly funny, self-deprecating, and every bit as brash and brazen as one would expect from one of the original architects of speed metal.

Robinson

Madrid

Hugh Thomas
Authors:
Hugh Thomas

The charm of Madrid is elusive, but for those who know how to find it, Madrid has magic. Its magic can be found in the shadow cast over the present by the past. In this Traveller's Reader, a city that was once the seat of power for perhaps the most ambitious political enterprise the western world had seen since the fall of Rome, the Spanish Empire, is brought to life in vivid diaries, letters, memoirs and histories.The Earl of Clarendon describes seventeenth-century bullfights; Salvador Dali plays a surrealist joke on a snooty barman at the Ritz; Rubens visits the Alcázar; Manet is at the Prado; generals and anarchists meet in the Puerta del Sol. The many stories included here evoke for today's tourist the dramas and personalities of a city's past, by drawing on the eyewitness accounts and commentaries of visitors and residents of earlier centuries. Hugh Thomas has chosen these and other vivid snapshots of Madrid's history from diaries, letters, memoirs and novels across five centuries to delight and fascinate the armchair and prospective traveller alike.

Hachette Books

The Way It Was

Eliot Weisman, Jennifer Valoppi
Authors:
Eliot Weisman, Jennifer Valoppi
Da Capo Press

American Witness

RJ Smith
Authors:
RJ Smith

The first biography of Robert Frank, one of the world's greatest and most influential photographers, by the author of the acclaimed James Brown biography The One.

Center Street

The Authorized Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison, Wesley Orbison, Alex Orbison, Jeff Slate
Authors:
Roy Orbison, Wesley Orbison, Alex Orbison, Jeff Slate

For the first time, legendary performer Roy Orbison's story as one of the most beloved rock legends will be revealed through family accounts and records.Roy Orbison died 28 years ago but he's hardly forgotten. Raised in the early 20th century in rural Texas, Orbison became one of the pioneers of rock and roll in the 1950s, sharing the famed Sun Records with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. He achieved superstar status in the 1960s, writing and releasing a series of smash singles, such as Oh, Pretty Woman, Only the Lonely, and Crying, plus many others that remain the most well-known songs of the era.IN DREAMS features rare memorabilia from Roy's career, much of it unseen for decades. This stunning biography, written by his sons along with Jeff Slate, tells the true story of their father's remarkable life, including his personal tragedies, reinventions, and untimely death.

Hachette Books

Miss D and Me

Danelle Morton, Kathryn Sermak
Authors:
Danelle Morton, Kathryn Sermak
Moon Travel

Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg

Joshua Lawrence Kinser
Authors:
Joshua Lawrence Kinser

Moon Travel Guides: Experience the Life of the City!Make your way through Tampa's lively downtown and historic harbor, explore St. Petersburg's myriad museums and galleries, or unwind on more than 35 miles of Gulf Coast beaches. Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg is the ultimate guide to this unique Sunshine State destination.What You'll Discover in Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg:* Unique, firsthand perspective from travel writer and born-and-raised Floridian Joshua Kinser* Full-color guidebook with vibrant photos and detailed maps for navigating independently*Strategic itineraries for every trip and budget, including: The Best of Tampa & St. Petersburg, Kid Friendly, and Foul Weather Fun* Focused coverage of Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, South Tampa and Hyde Park, Busch Gardens and North Tampa, Greater Tampa, Downtown St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach and Gulf Port, Clearwater and Dunedin, and Greater Pinellas County* Honest advice on finding the right accommodations and the best transportation routes* Activities and ideas for every traveler: See pivotal surrealist artwork at the Salvador Dali Museum, or soar over the bay in the world's largest skydiving center. Discover the vibrant nightlife of Tampa's historic Latin Quarter, or indulge in a puff of the area's famed cigars. Get your kicks on one of the many thrill rides at Busch Gardens, or kick back with a daiquiri after a relaxing day on the beach* Detailed and thorough information, including crucial background on culture and history, and geographyWith Moon Tampa & St. Petersburg's practical tips, myriad activities, and local insight on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.Visiting more of the Sunshine State? Try Moon Florida. Exploring by car? Try Moon Florida Road Trip.

Running Press Adult

Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch

Anna Fleiss, Lauren Mancuso
Authors:
Anna Fleiss, Lauren Mancuso
Sphere

Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality

Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal
Authors:
Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal

"Internetainers" Rhett & Link met in first grade when their teacher made them miss recess for writing profanity on their desks, and they have been best friends ever since. Today, their daily YouTube talk show, Good Mythical Morning, is the most-watched daily talk show on the Internet, and nearly 12 million subscribers tune in to see the guys broadcast brainy trivia, wild experiments, and hilarious banter (not to mention the occasional cereal bath). Now the award-winning comedians are finally bringing their "Mythical" world to the printed page in their first book. A hilarious blend of autobiography, trivia, and advice, Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery will offer twenty ways to add "Mythicality" to your life, including: Eat Something That Scares You Make a Bold Hair Choice Invent Something Ridiculous Say "I Love You" Like It's Never Been Said Speak at Your Own FuneralThe goal of these offbeat prompts? To learn new things, laugh more often, and earn a few grown-up merit badges along the way. Heartfelt and completely original, this book will be the perfect gift for anyone looking for a fresh dose of humor and fun.

Running Press Adult

Sophia Loren (Turner Classic Movies)

Cindy De La Hoz
Authors:
Cindy De La Hoz

From the humblest of beginnings in her native Italy, Sophia Loren would flourish on the world stage as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses the screen has ever known. A prize in a beauty contest at age 16 led to a career that has lasted more than sixty years and performances in a diverse canon of films, including The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, Marriage Italian Style, Grumpy Old Men, and Two Women, for which she was awarded the first Best Actress Oscar given to the star of a foreign film.Sophia Loren is a photographic tribute to the beloved icon, recounting the star's extraordinary life and notable films with famous costars and directors and quotes by Sophia and those who have known her best. Filled with hundreds of rare color and black-and-white photographs, it's a volume as stunning as its ageless subject.

Da Capo Press

My Damage

Keith Morris, Jim Ruland
Authors:
Keith Morris, Jim Ruland
Hachette Books

I'll Have What She's Having

Erin Carlson
Authors:
Erin Carlson

In I'll Have What She's Having entertainment journalist Erin Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics. With a cast of famous faces including Reiner, Hanks, Ryan, and Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip to Ephron's New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron--who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it--ruled the set with an attention to detail that made her actors feel safe but sometimes exasperated crew members. Along the way, Carlson examines how Ephron explored in the cinema answers to the questions that plagued her own romantic life and how she regained faith in love after one broken engagement and two failed marriages. Carlson also explores countless other questions Ephron's fans have wondered about: What sparked Reiner to snap out of his bachelor blues during the making of When Harry Met Sally? Why was Ryan, a gifted comedian trapped in the body of a fairytale princess, not the first choice for the role? After she and Hanks each separatel balked at playing Mail's Kathleen Kelly and Sleepless' Sam Baldwin, what changed their minds? And perhaps most importantly: What was Dave Chappelle doing ... in a turtleneck? An intimate portrait of a one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen.

Running Press Adult

Ava Gardner

Kendra Bean, Anthony Uzarowski
Authors:
Kendra Bean, Anthony Uzarowski
Robinson

Picasso's Brain

Christine Temple
Authors:
Christine Temple

Where does creativity come from? Why are some people more creative than others?Eminent neuropsychologist Christine Temple navigates a wide range of factors from the hard science (visual memory, spatial ability, brain functions) to the environmental (the 'mad genius' myth, and Gladwell's 10,000 hours of practice) in her study of what contributes to creativity. Using Pablo Picasso as her model of a creative genius, she weighs up each theory as it applies to Picasso and shows how his own creativity came from a combination of many factors.In this book, she looks at Picasso's playful mindset and passionate relationships, investigates the possibility that genius is genetic and can be inherited in families, considers whether creative genii perceive the world in a different way, and determines whether single-mindedness and focus play a part. This is the first book to look at a multitude of traits in creativity, and nail down the key factors that matter (and also which ones don't) to provide an overall picture of this fascinating area, linking the science to the personal.