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The Art of Living

Stephen Bayley

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Doubleday
02 July 2021
One man's quest to transform the drabness of post-War Britain into technicolour, from the fading fifties, through the swinging sixties, via Thatcherite politics and beyond. Britain never looked so good. For fans of John Lanchester's THE DEBT OF PLEASURE.

Some people make living an art.

And none more so than Eustace Dunne, entrepreneur, maverick, magpie, media darling, advisor to government, bon viveur.

Over the course of his long and storied life and career, he will straddle the worlds of design and cuisine and in so doing change them and the tastes of the nation forever...
By:   Stephen Bayley
Imprint:   Doubleday
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   490g
ISBN:   9780857526403
ISBN 10:   0857526405
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   02 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Bayley was the person for whom the term design guru was coined, something he accepts with what he likes to think of as self-deprecating irony. After a short and blameless period in provincial academe, he joined Terence Conran in an attempt to popularise design. This resulted in The Boilerhouse Project in London's V&A which became the most successful gallery of the eighties. The Boilerhouse evolved into the unique Design Museum which Mrs Thatcher opened in 1989, after some finger wagging and insisting it should not be called a museum . During this period he learnt a lot about the perversity of genius and the absurdity of ambition. Stephen Bayley has written many books and hundreds of articles which have shaped the popular understanding of design. This is his first attempt at fiction. He is Chairman of The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, an honorary visiting professor at the Liverpool University School of Architecture and a Chevalier de l'Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres, France's highest artistic accolade. His appointment came at the same time as Tina Turner.

Reviews for The Art of Living

A wild satirical journey through the world of late 20th-century art and design, treating us to exuberantly drawn, invented characters and many real-life style icons * Daily Mail * Eustace Dunne is a wonderful central character ... there is much to cherish in The Art of Living... full of sly humour and repellent characters ... the wit is droll * Independent *


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