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ANOTHERFINEMESS:PECULIARAND AMUS­ING WAYS TO DIE AN­NIE WEST New Is­land, ¤18.95

“I ad­mit I spent many days sit­ting in Irish class writ­ing lists of Ways to Kill Peig Say­ers.” The artist, il­lus­tra­tor, Ben Bul­ben care­taker and Twit­ter star An­nie West (@an­niewest­dot­com) has turned her at­ten­tion – and her imag­i­na­tion – to Death, in par­tic­u­lar to some of the more ig­no­min­ious in his­tory and leg­end. The sur­vey is chrono­log­i­cal, start­ing with Sisy­phus, and in­cludes, among many, Sir Wal­ter Raleigh and Liz I, Lewis and Clark, poor Peig and Sartre’s ex­is­ten­tial demise. There is a fall­ing tor­toise, a killer joke, dan­ger­ous make-up, aliens and the truth of what re­ally hap­pened on the Mary Ce­leste. West’s work is in­stantly iden­ti­fi­able: bold colours that leap off the page, im­ages packed with telling de­tail and the fre­quent ap­pear­ance of do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals, crowd scenes, Irish lit­er­ary fig­ures and sub­ter­ranean mon­sters. If in the com­ing weeks you find your­self cel­e­brat­ing a pa­gan fes­ti­val ap­pro­pri­ated by the early Chris­tians dur­ing which com­monly gifts are ex­changed, then this should be just the ticket.

JOECULLEY

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