books of pictures by John Minnion
Hitler's List • Pool of Life • Uneasy Listening • Glued to the Gogglebox
Checkmate Books is the book publishing imprint of English illustrator/caricaturist John Minnion.
These books are all high quality productions filled with illustrations printed in rich black ink on pure white paper.
They are entertaining and informative. They make great presents. They don't cost too much, and they are easily and safely
ordered on-line from anywhere in the world.
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Hitler's List 1st Edition
Limited edition of
1000 numbered copies.
An illustrated guide to
bolshevists and other
Hilter's List 2nd Edition
An illustrated guide to
bolshevists and other
Revised edition with
new chapter on sport
A caricature guide to
20th century composers
by John Minnion
Glued to the Gogglebox
50 years of British television with reflections by
Lynne Truss and caricatures by
The Sideways Guide to Composers
100 essential composers
caricatured by John Minnion with text by Rob Ainsley and
Jeremy J Beadle
A new, revised edition of Hitler's List by John Minnion will be in the shops by the end of January. But you can buy copies now in advance of publication date.
In addition to the original sections on so-called 'degenerates' in music, philosophy, art, science, film and theatre, the revised edition contains a new chapter on 'degenerate' Sport.
Pool of Life
The story of Liverpool in caricatures: King John to Wayne Rooney
Liverpool is one of Britain's great ports, whose fortunes rose and rose, then fell, and are rising again. It is a city of extremes, with a colourful history in which great riches have interacted with great poverty. The people of Liverpool - the Scousers - have their own distinct accent and attitudes. Among them, over the centuries, have been many remarkable people.
Pool of Life tells the story of Liverpool from its founding 800 years ago by King John (who wanted a base from which to exploit the Irish), through its evolution as an interntional port and involvement in the slave trade, to its subsequent decline in fortunes after World War I, and the physical and psychological devastation of the Blitz.
Then there is the cultural flowering of the 1960s, epitomised by the Mersey Sound and led by the Fab Four; the triumphs and tragedies of its football teams; the rioting and militancy of the 1980s - ultimately force-feeding urban recovery and regeneration, and leading up to the eve of 2008 when the city becomes European Capital of Culture.
John Minnion brings the city to life by means of anecdotal biographies and engaging caricatures of around 130 exceptional individuals, from King John to Wayne Rooney. Not all are born-and-bred Scousers, but people who have shaped Liverpool or been shaped by it. There are celebrities, of course: the Beatles, the Liverpool Poets, prime ministers Gladstone and Wilson (and the only successful assassin of a prime minister - John Bellingham). Comedians from Askey to Doddy. Actors from matinee idol Rex Harrison to the irrepessible Patricia Routledge, and the latest 007, Daniel Craig. Lovable one-offs like John Peel, Edward Lear and George Melly. George Stephenson, who came to Liverpool to build the world's first passenger railway, and accident-prone William Huskisson MP, the world's first railway fatality, run over by Stephenson's Rocket.
And there are the people who came up with answers to Liverpool's endemic problems: philanthropists like the Rathbones; Doctor Duncan, Britain's first Medical Officer of Health; wonderful Kitty Wilkinson who, by helping out her neighbours, started the institution of public baths and wash houses. The two bishops, Sheppard and Worlock - one an England cricketer - whose shared commitment to Liverpool's downtrodden helped defuse decades of sectarian tension, and made the city's cathedrals something more than remarkable architectural landmarks to its people.
And, of course, the footballers - both players and managers - whose successes stimulate conversation and celebration across the city.
There is nothing provincial about this book: John Minnion is a nationally respected caricaturist, and the people he portrays here are not just local heroes but a diverse, fascinating cast of characters, whose reputations resonate way beyond the Mersey. The fact that they are linked by the history of such a singular city makes this a compelling read - even if you've never been to Liverpool.
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