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Graphic books

January 2018

The Library holds nearly 33,000 books – plus any number of pamphlets, leaflets and newspapers, all full of words, words, words.  We also have a goodly number of items designed specifically to attract the eye – banners, posters, paintings, ceramics, even t-shirts.

Image from Red RosaAn interesting new line of acquisitions for us brings the two together.  In graphic books on a political theme, the focus of a book is at least as much on its visual appeal as on its words.  As a review of Kate Evans’s Red Rosa in the most recent issue of the journal Socialist History says, quoting artist Edward Hopper – ‘If you could say it in words there would be no need to paint’.

If you were a graphic artist, which radical biography or story would you choose to re-tell?