Tom Adams Un­cov­ered: The Art of Agatha Christie and Be­yond

Novel aproach There’s a lot more to Tom Adams than his strik­ing jacket il­lus­tra­tions for the English crime nov­el­ist, as this vol­ume shows

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Au­thors Tom Adams and John Cur­ran Pub­lisher HarperCollins Price £25 Web www.tomadamsun­cov­ Avail­able Now

An in­tox­i­cat­ing blend of ar­rest­ing hor­ror and acute re­al­ism, Tom Adams’ art­work will be fa­mil­iar to any­one with well-thumbed copies of 60s and 70s Agatha Christie nov­els.

Yet there’s plenty more to cel­e­brate across Tom’s 50-year ca­reer, in­clud­ing jacket art for nov­els by other au­thors such as Ray­mond Chandler and John Fowles; edi­to­rial il­lus­tra­tions; ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns; celebrity por­traits; al­bum cov­ers; and his work on films like 2001: A Space Odyssey.

All of this is de­tailed in this hefty vol­ume, el­e­gantly re­pro­duced and with in­ci­sive com­men­tary from au­thor and Agatha Christie en­thu­si­ast John Cur­ran (in­ter­est­ingly, his re­views of Tom’s art aren’t al­ways pos­i­tive), as well as cap­tions by the artist him­self.

Bet­ter still, the fi­nal chap­ter sees Tom re­visit Agatha Christie nov­els in the present day, and pro­duce new, large-scale com­po­si­tions that pro­vide a fresh take on her work. It’s a lovely con­clu­sion to a com­pre­hen­sive and well-thought out book.

Cover art from Poirot’s Early Cases. Tom ad­mits it wasn’t a great idea to paint such a lit­eral in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the short story col­lec­tion.

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