The Granny Alphabet: A Modern British Folklore Portrait by Tim WalkerThe Granny Alphabet: A Modern British Folklore Portrait by Tim Walker

The Granny Alphabet: A Modern British Folklore Portrait

byTim Walker, Kit Hesketh-harveyForeword bySimon Costin

Hardcover | November 12, 2013

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Artist-photographer Tim Walker has won a cult following for his flamboyant, lavishly staged, and surrealist fashion photography. Now he brings his unique brand of very British fantasia to a subject close to all our hearts: grandmothers.

The first volume of this very special twinset offers a collection of characterful photographs of grannies and the things nearest to each of them, arranged alphabetically and accompanied by short, gently humorous verses by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. The second volume is delightfully populated with Lawrence Mynott's drawings of lively old ladies. Spirited, stylish, sweet—here are granny archetypes of every stripe. You'll find Lucinda, whose hat addiction shows no sign of waning, and Kitty, whose knitting skills are second to none. You might even meet the Queen—the most famous British granny of all.

This whimsical vision of a rose-printed, feline-filled arcadia will be irresistible to enthusiasts of photography and contemporary illustration, and anyone touched by its delightful tribute to the grannies we love and admire.
Lawrence Mynott is an illustrator, designer and portrait painter. His work has appeared on Penguin book covers and has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Title:The Granny Alphabet: A Modern British Folklore PortraitFormat:HardcoverDimensions:148 pages, 10.66 × 8 × 1.25 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500544263

ISBN - 13:9780500544266


Editorial Reviews

With its array of octogenarian subjects clad in nubby cardigans, sensible shoes, croc handbags and whimsical hats — not to mention a still life of fake teeth and the pattern from a plastic polka-dotted rain bonnet used as the book’s endpaper — The Granny Alphabet takes a droll view on aging. — The New York TimesA sweet two-volume tribute to grandmothers. — New York Daily NewsPhotographer and artist Tim Walker turns his kooky eye toward a subject close to everyone’s heart. . . . A celebration of the surreal styling and over-the-top scenes for which Walker has gained a cultish following. — San Francisco ChronicleWalker photographs real grandmothers with their most prized possessions, and the results are whimsical and surprisingly compelling. — GoodMorningAmerica.comThough photo shoots with grannies might seem a reach for a fashion photographer, subject and artist turn out to be a surprisingly good fit. . . . Walker’s work is at its most playful and opulent, with images of bubblegum pink dentures next to a pink-walled bathroom; a nana reclining among towering hat boxes; another dressed to the nines in a faux puma coat. — Publishers WeeklyNow, according to the new book, The Granny Alphabet, [Tim] Walker has chosen to pay homage to ‘the dying breed of little old ladies who live down the lane.’ — Fast Co.CreateA tribute to gray-haired glamazons everywhere. — Fast Co.DesignThe charmingly dotty ‘Granny Alphabet’ . . . introduces a parade of willfully eccentric old ladies — The New York TimesA playful look at aging and frailty. — Library JournalAn ode to . . . the beauty and clarity of old age. — Portland Book Review