Kingdom – Norman McCloskey

Kingdom is Norman McCloskey’s third landscape photobook based in Kerry. He started with Parklight in 2013, followed by Beara in 2018, and now in 2022, Kingdom. I have all three gorgeous books.

Every detail of Kingdom is beautiful, from the textured cover and lino cut style image of Skellig Michael to the paper and colour reproduction and tonality.

All books feature the grandeur and beauty of Kerry, it is a wonderful tour around a picturesque and dramatic county, that is well worth a visit if you are in the Country.

‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This riveting novel grabbed my attention on page one and held it until the very end. It is a wonderful story about old Hollywood, love, fame, glamour, and scandals.

The main subject and protagonist of the story is the almost forgotten Hollywood icon, Evelyn Hugo, famed beauty and actress, who wants to get her undistilled truth out in the public domain. Evelyn chooses an unknown magazine writer, Monique Grant to write her biography, which covers the turbulent times of the 1950s to the 1980s.

Monique is told about ambition, friendship, and forbidden love, her seven husbands, and it becomes clear over time why Evelyn wanted Monique to write the book.

This is a very enjoyable book, I found myself sometimes forgetting that it was a novel and treating it like a work of nonfiction. I found it to be very informative and believe that it sails closer to the truth than some people may wish.

Polaroid Now

This is a different type of a book review, as it is about a photography book that is the result of artists using Polaroid cameras and film across the decades. I love photography and instant photography is one of my favourite types, so anytime I see anything Polaroid or Instax, I buy it. However, this book has some images from some Twitter friends of mine, which made this book even more interesting to me. It is fantastic to see some lesser known Polaroid Photographers feature beside some legendary names, including Andy Warhol.

A lot of thought went into every facet of this book, from the cover art, to the gold edged pages, to the paper stock, the layout and most importantly, as I previously mentioned, the mixture of Photographers featured.

If you like photography, Polaroids, or just lovely books, I would recommend this publication. I know it is one that I will return to many times in the future.

I have included a non affiliated link below to German Amazon. If you buy it from this link, I will not benefit in any way whatsoever, I have included it for information reasons.

Thank you to all those who were involved in putting it together, it is a joy to read.