Post Script: Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America – Billy Connolly

Tracks Across America

Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America

Billy Connolly

Hachette Australia

Sphere

ISBN: 9780751564136

 

Description:

Billy Connolly – raconteur, comedian, and irrepressible wanderer – has spent much of his life in the United States. It’s a country he knows and loves a great deal, but even someone as well-travelled as Billy can always discover knew things about such a vast nation. So he’s off on the move again, this time via the tracks of the great railroads that helped to build the country.

 

Billy’s latest adventure takes him on an epic trip through the backyard of America, tracing the routes taken by the first European settlers westwards from Chicago to California, then back down south and eastwards through Arizona, Texas, Alabama and finally New York, over 6,000 miles and 26 states later.

 

It’s a journey through a country you don’t get to see from 30,000 feet in the air – the real America of friendly people with fascinating tales to tell which not only give us an insight into their lives, but also into the life of their great homeland. And it’s a journey that couldn’t be shared with a more entertaining companion. Hope aboard and join Billy on a trip you’ll never forget.

 

 

 

My View:

Billy Connolly Fan? Arm chair traveller?  Coffee table picture book fan? This book has something for everyone.

There is even something for the true crime reader fan – (p.266) The Murder Dolls: CSI Miniature 🙂   This section is fascinating – all about the dioramas of violent and brutal crimes designed by Frances Glessner Lee for student medical examiners to practice their skills, fascinating!

 

This book is just full of surprises.  I love listening to accents – and as I read this I hear Billy Connolly’s beautiful Scottish accent, in fact I think this would make a great audio book and I picture the sparkle in his eyes but I digress… this book is full of surprises, wonderful images of people and places that are equal to any seen in photographic displays or wall art on contemporary spaces, pictures of the everyday and the extraordinary. Old faces, young faces, buildings, panoramas… there are stories behind each image.

 

This is a delightful entertaining read full of the most amazing photography!

Post Script: Judi – Behind The Scenes – Judi Dench

A beautiful photographic memoir.

 

Judi - Behind The Scenes

Judi – Behind The Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Judi Dench

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780297608844

 

Description:

“National treasure? I hate that. Too dusty, too in a cupboard, too behind the glass, too staid…What I love is being part of a company. On stage I am not trying to be myself, I am trying to be someone else, the more unlike me the better.”

From her first theatrical role as a teenager in York to her commanding performances as “M” in James Bond films Dame Judi Dench’s professional life has consisted of nonstop acting, leading to numerous accolades, including an Academy Award.

Behind the Scenes is fully updated and expanded edition of Dame Judi’s first photograph album Scenes from my Life, published in 2005. It is uniquely personal take on her life and brilliant career, showing off stage as well as on: in the wings, off sets, in dressing rooms and happily larking about. Beautifully illustrated with photographs from her own collections here are reflections and reminiscences on those who have mattered to her most – her family, fellow actors, directors and writers – communicated with the truth and insight of her acting.

 

My View:

As a fan of Dame Judi Dench’s work on the big and small screens I was fascinated to read what I would describe as a photographic memoir of her illustrious career peppered with anecdotes from her personal/family life. The images in this book, particularly of Dame Judi’s career on the stage are works of art; I loved the ones of her in costume of Cats (1980, p. 73), in Mother Courage and her Children (1984, p. 86), and the glamorous black and white image as Ophelia in Hamlet (1957, p.13) is iconic- the hair, the makeup, the “look”. I think even if you had never heard of Dame Judi Dench and flicked through this book you would be stunned by the art – this record speaks to the British Theatre, makeup and costume, fashion and culture from the 1950’s to today.

 

Beautifully narrated. Beautifully designed. A fantastic contemporary record of many great British stage productions peppered with Dame Judi’s personal anecdotes and images. A warm and personal read or a great coffee table book.