The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA ALEXANDRA JAMES

The Most Beau­ti­ful Vil­lages of Ire­land Christo­pher Fitz-Si­mon, Thames & Hud­son, $35 IT’s a big call to pick the pret­ti­est vil­lages in Ire­land but Thames & Hud­son has had much suc­cess with the for­mula in large-for­mat books; this is a com­pact re-re­lease of Christo­pher Fitz-Si­mon’s 2000 com­pi­la­tion. I guess not much changes in the Ir­ish coun­try­side, so per­haps lit­tle up­dat­ing was re­quired. There is a sense of time­less­ness to it — the pubs, the churches, the thatched cot­tages, the row houses with foot­ball flags fly­ing — and an over­whelm­ing sense of well-wa­tered green­ery. De­spite Ire­land’s eco­nomic woes, what we see here are tidy and flour­ish­ing set­tle­ments proud of their her­itage. The Art Guide: NewYork Mor­gan Fal­coner, Thames & Hud­son, $35 IF you want to build your NYC visit around an itin­er­ary of must­see art, this well-re­searched spe­cial­ist guide­book is just the ticket. Art critic and his­to­rian Mor­gan Fal­coner di­vides the con­tents into gen­res and the in­dex en­ables searches by artist as well as style. Hein­cludes chap­ters de­voted to the city’s best-known art fig­ures, and user-friendly maps en­sure easy plan­ning.

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