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The Colour Code

Why we see red, feel blue and go green

Paul Simpson



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01 December 2021
How many colours are there? In the West we see seven, but the Chinese see five, while the Piraha tribe in the Amazon have no words for the spectrum. Colour isn't something we see; it's something we think.

In this popular culture miscellany, Paul Simpson takes eleven key colours and explores how they have shaped our evolution as a species, persuaded us in politics and culture and allowed us to express or oppress personal freedoms. His book investigates such issues as the shifting gender of pink, the poisonous potential of green, the decadence of yellow, the performance-diminishing impact of grey and the ways in which orange has shaped power in Europe.
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   580g
ISBN:   9781781256268
ISBN 10:   1781256268
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Simpson writes on culture. An award winning journalist, he launched the renowned football monthly FourFourTwo and has edited the Design Council magazine. He has written books on cult movies, Elvis Presley and Tolkien, and became interested in colour after buying a yellow suit and being told he couldn't wear it to the office.

Reviews for The Colour Code: Why we see red, feel blue and go green

Such fun. An illuminating story for every stitch in your wardrobe and pigment on your wall -- Simon Garfield, author * Just My Type *

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