Thursday, 30 May 2013

With the Worms


John Dilnot's bright and breezy illustrated Artists books celebrate English nature in all its glory. With the Worms, now in its second edition, is a colourful cabinet of creepy crawlies such as you might find in the Natural History Museum's hidden vaults - beetles, ants, millipedes, slugs and worms adorn its pages. Alongside these are more unexpected coins, bones, broken plates; the little relics of recent history that litter our gardens, forest paths or our fields. There is a modern 20p piece but also an old farthing, and a Victorian-looking key. Are these little treasures the real pursuit, or a happy accident? Whether amateur archaeology, or entomology the theme is a child-like curiosity, a willingness to get down and dirty to see what you mind find, and not be bothered by the odd looks in the park...

With the Worms costs £50 and is available in the Bookartbookshop now. We also have other titles from John Dilnot such as Birds, and Bad Apples at £8.50.

- Jon Lander



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