Staff Pick: Our Favourite Books of 2021

Happy New Year! Yale University Press, London staff recommend their favourite books of last year. Find out what we chose and why.


January’s Staff Pick: Drawn to Nature

Drawn to Nature by Simon Martin

Acquisitions Editor, Art and Architecture, Sophie Neve recommends Drawn to Nature by Simon Martin with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough

Drawn from Nature is a wonderful celebration of natural history illustration, bringing together a beautiful array of British artists’ representations of animals and birds. It’s fascinating to learn about Gilbert White’s important work, but equally satisfying to simply enjoy the intricate and enchanting illustrations.

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The Story of the Country House by Clive Aslet

Acquisitions Editor, Art and Architecture, Sophie Neve and Senior Commissioning Editor, Joanna Godfrey recommend The Story of the Country House by Clive Aslet.

The Story of the Country House is, at its core, a gripping read. Clive Aslet’s witty and charming style brings history to life, drawing out countless unexpected stories and webs of connections. The equally charming and original illustrations complement the story beautifully, capturing the spirit of each period from Roman times to the present.”

“Clive Aslet’s The Story of the Country House is the perfect New Year read. I’ve loved discovering the stories of some of England’s great houses and their inhabitants across the centuries. With its wonderful colour illustrations, it’s also a great resource for planning a few summer staycation trips!”

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John Craxton by Ian Collins

Publisher & Managing Director, Heather McCallum recommends John Craxton by Ian Collins

I would like to call out the brilliant John Craxton by Ian Collins.  Every aspect and element of this book appeals – elegantly written and beautifully presented, this enjoyable work introduces the life of one the twentieth century’s greatest artists in a dazzling, humorous, revelatory and respectful study which does full justice to the man and his works.  The refrain for me throughout the narrative is living, loving, creating.  I really think it is a triumph.

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Hubbub by Emily Cockayne

Trade and Academic Assistant Editor, Katie Urquhart recommends Hubbub by Emily Cockayne

This year I’ve particularly enjoyed reading Hubbub by Emily Cockayne. It provides a fascinating insight into the noise, smells, look and feel of urban England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Cockayne brings the experience of pre-Industrial cities to life with quirky stories and surprising anecdotes, and transports you back to their grimy streets and noisy neighbourhoods. 

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