John Peter Berger (1926 – 2017) was an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet.
“The way he characterises himself instead is as a storyteller. When he was writing his series of novels about peasants in the French Alps, he looked back at the rest of his works and said, “even when I was writing about art, it was really a way of story-telling.” Tom Overton, Berger’s biographer, on the best books on Berger.
Berger won the 1972 Booker Prize.
Books by John Berger
In the preface to Portraits he denies being an art critic, in quite sweary terms. The way he characterises himself instead is as a storyteller. When he was writing his series of novels about peasants in the French Alps, he looked back at the rest of his works and said, “even when I was writing about art, it was really a way of story-telling.”
Interviews where books by John Berger were recommended
The biographer and editor of John Berger reveals how Berger’s self-characterisation as a storyteller is visible across the numerous genres he writes in.
Good writing offers readers an invitation to explore and engage with the world around them, says Dan Richards—author of Outpost and Climbing Days—as he recommends five brilliant books that exemplify the skill of landscape writing.
What can literature offer to medicine and what can medicine offer to literature? Author and physician Gavin Francis offers his professional opinion – and prescribes a list of five notable books at the intersection of his two great passions.
Nudity is not the same as the nude. Nor is nudity the same as nudism, but they tend to overlap quite a lot in people’s minds. Annebella Pollen, an authority on the many varied forms of British nudism in the twentieth century shares key influences on her own research to help us unpack (or undress?) the idea of nudity in western culture, showing the many ways in which nakedness can be a form of dress.
Which are the best books to get a teenager excited about art history? We turned to veteran art history teacher John Harrison, formerly head of the art history department at Eton College, for his top five picks of the most illuminating and accessible books for getting a broad overview of the history of art.
The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
by Marty Neumeier
Brand Society: How Brands Transform Management and Lifestyle
by Martin Kornberger
Ways of Seeing
by John Berger
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari
Chocolate Wars: From Cadbury to Kraft - 200 Years of Sweet Success and Bitter Rivalry
by Deborah Cadbury
The Animal Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Animal Cognition
by Kristin Andrews
What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?
by Vinciane Despret, translated by Brett Buchanan
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
by Ed Yong
The Emotional Lives of Animals
by Marc Bekoff
Why Look At Animals?
by John Berger
The more we learn about the minds of other species, the more we are forced to question any assumptions that might previously have been made about their inner lives. Here, the philosopher David Peña-Guzmán talks us through the profound questions thrown up by research into animal cognition, perception and emotion, as he recommends five of the best books on animal consciousness.
Doodling is no mere pastime; drawing is a form of thinking. In fact, visuospatial reasoning underlies all thinking, as this selection of books about drawing from painter and scholar Andrea Kantrowitz shows us. Just pick up a pencil and draw!