The hues of Holi: books on colour for your imagination

Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the Festival of Spring, the Festival of Colours or the Festival of Love. With magenta, cyan and turquoise in mind, here are some books to tickle your senses:

๐Ÿ“š The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

The Secret Lives of Colour is a 2016 non-fiction book by British writer Kassia St. Clair which explores the cultural and social history of colours.

๐Ÿ“š The World According to Colour: A Cultural History by James Fox

A beguiling cultural history of colour by the BAFTA nominated broadcaster and art historian. The subject of this book is humankind’s extraordinary relationship with colour.

๐Ÿ“š Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball

From Egyptian wall paintings to the Venetian Renaissance, impressionism to digital images, Ball tells the fascinating story of how art, chemistry, and technology have interacted throughout the ages to render the gorgeous hues we admire on our walls and in our museums.

๐Ÿ“š Bluets by Maggie Nelson

The work hybridizes several prose and poetry styles as it documents Nelson’s multifaceted experience with the colour blue, and is often referred to as lyric essay or prose poetry.

๐Ÿ“š Blue: In Search of Nature’s Rarest Color by Kai Kupferschmidt

A globe-trotting quest to find blue in the natural worldโ€”and to understand our collective obsession with this captivating colour.

๐Ÿ“š Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Blair wouldnโ€™t play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emerald skies, peach giraffes with tangerine spots, and magenta horses that could fly.

What’s your favourite colour?

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Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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