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A Brush With The Past
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  • Published: 15 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9780370328393
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $55.00
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A Brush With The Past

1900-1950 The years that changed our lives


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This wonderful gift book covers the most exciting, innovative period in history, featuring everything from the invention of the vacuum cleaner and bra to the splitting of the atom and the first computers.

This beautiful book brings to life
the history of ordinary people
living through an extraordinary era.
Shirley Hughes' richly detailed
narrative paintings offer poignant
snapshots of life; from an Edwardian
family picnic to a mug of tea in the
trenches, a whole variety of settings
capture the atmosphere of the period.
Colour spreads are interwoven with
finely observed line illustrations, along
with fascinating details about domestic
life, and the events and innovations
that shaped the modern world.
This is an intimate book of
stories within stories from multi
award-winning author-illustrator
Shirley Hughes.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9780370328393
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $55.00

About the Author

Shirley Hughes

Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series.
Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series.
Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature, and a CBE in 2017. She is the first recipient of Booktrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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