Looking for non-fiction to gift for Christmas? Through November and December, we’re casting a weekly spotlight on some of the best books based or published in the East of England, courtesy of the East Anglian Book Awards 2022.
Now in their fifteenth year, the awards celebrate writing talent within the East of England. The East Anglian Book Awards are a partnership between Jarrold, the Eastern Daily Press, and the National Centre for Writing, supported by UEA Faculty of Arts & Humanities. The overall prize is sponsored by The PACCAR Foundation.
Judged by Sabina Dosani, PhD researcher in Creative and Critical Writing, University of East Anglia
Hello, Stranger by Will Buckingham (Granta Books)
What if meeting new people were a gift, not a burden? How might we transform our lives if we set aside our fear of outsiders? When Will Buckingham’s partner died, the shock of his grief told him to withdraw. Instead, he sought solace in throwing open the door to new people; travelling the world – from Birmingham to Myanmar – seeking out stories of loneliness, exile and friendship, from classical times to the modern day. Drawing from his travels, as well as insights from philosophy, anthropology, history and literature, Hello, Stranger is a powerful antidote to loneliness and xenophobia, and a heart-warming story of the power of kindness and compassion.
Our judges said:
‘Buckingham evokes homes and acts of hospitality that are by turns resilient, unpredictable and unexpected.’
The Art of Doris and Anna Zinkeisen by Philip Kelleway, Emma Roodhouse, and Nicola Evans (Unicorn)
This lavishly illustrated book celebrates the life of Doris and Anna Zinkeisen, charting the rise of the sisters from a childhood in Scotland, to their emergence as amongst the most eminent artists of their day in London, to a quieter yet still highly productive life during their twilight years in rural Suffolk. It also marks the recent purchase by the Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service of a glamorous Zinkeisen portrait to add to the Ipswich Borough collections. During the golden age from the 1920s through to the 1950s, the Zinkeisen sisters enjoyed a huge success and won numerous accolades. Their paintings and design work, including posters, murals for luxury ocean liners, and costume designs for stage and film, are today emblematic of that period in British art.
Creating Constable by Emma Roodhouse and Caleb Howgego (Blackmore)
Creating Constable tells the story of an emerging artist. John Constable 1776-1837, was born in Suffolk and today is recognised as one of the most important of all British artists. He was an artist who changed not only how we paint but perhaps more importantly, how we look at the landscape.
Our judges said:
‘The great depth of scholarship underlying this work is presented in words that shine and delight.’
These books are available to buy from Jarrold, third floor, London St, Norwich NR2 1JF. You can also browse online here.
The category winners for the East Anglian Book Awards 2022 will be announced in the Eastern Daily Press in January 2022, followed by the Overall Book of the Year Award and Exceptional Contribution Award on Friday 17 February.
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