BOOK- BOUND BRITAIN
Two new coffee-table tomes that take you to the UK’S best landmarks. City Go under the red velvet curtain into 45 of the most extravagant edifices in the capital: its theatres. Published this month, London Theatres (Quarto, £30) takes you from gilt West End wonders to subterranean playhouses and, of course, the Brutalist concrete jungle that is the National Theatre. Country The mistily atmospheric These Islands: A Portrait of the British Isles (Francis, £45), produced by the makers of travel magazine Cereal, captures the landscapes of the British Isles via beautifully shot photographs, alongside essays, poems and artworks, all printed on tactile G.F Smith paper. Nature-inspired architect Spencer Fung’s landscape paintings are a highlight, as is the longer read on ‘the romance of rain’.