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What we’re reading: August 2017

On our bookshelf this month is Travels With Frank Lloyd Wright: The First Global Architect by Gwyn Lloyd Jones

What we’re reading: August 2017

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Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect on the Road

Prolific, radical, controversial and 150 years since his birth American architect Frank Lloyd Wright went to the big drawing board in the sky back in the 1950s, but his buildings live on, as does his impact on architecture and design. A new book by fellow architect Gwyn Lloyd Jones charts his world wanderings, and the places that inspired his style, from Tokyo to Russia and the Middle East. Travels With Frank Lloyd Wright: The First Global Architect looks at the designer in an international context, retracing his trips outside the US, illustrated with his sketches and photographs, such as these images of Yamamura Villa, in Kobe, Japan built by Wright for an affluent sake brewer (now a guesthouse), and the lobby of Tokyo’s now demolished Imperial Hotel.

Travels With Frank Lloyd Wright: The First Global Architect, by Gwyn Lloyd Jones. RRP: £30 (Lund Humphries)

Last chance to see…

He might have designed the Guggenheim but it’s New York’s Museum of Modern Art that’s hosting an exhibition of Lloyd Wright’s drawings, models, films, TV broadcasts, furniture, photographs and scrapbooks until 1 October.

Get the niche guides

Insects: An Edible Field Guide
Stefan Gates extols the virtues of eating bugs (over two billion people worldwide do), and explains how to find, catch and cook the ultimate sustainable protein. Top fact: honey is multiple-regurgitated bee vomit. RRP: £9.99 (Ebury Press)

Considered Guides
Ryanair heiress Danielle Ryan quizzed her jet-set friends for tips on where to eat, sleep and shop in Amsterdam, Dublin, Lisbon, Marrakech and Milan, the first five books in this new city-guide series. RRP: £9.99 (Roads Publishing)

Shackleton
Eschewing the irony of such hits as The Hipster and The Hangover, this Ladybird Expert Book makes you a specialist on the heroic Arctic explorer in just 50 densely-packed, retro-illustrated pages. RRP: £7.99 (Penguin)

Published in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)