A Book of Days

Ms Patti Smith author


Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Published:15th Nov '22


Available for immediate dispatch.

A Book of Days cover

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized collection of photography from a living legend

**THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** A deeply moving and brilliantly idiosyncratic visual book of days by the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train. More than 365 images chart Smith’s singular aesthetic - inspired by her wildly popular Instagram In 2018, without any plan or agenda for what might happen next, Patti Smith posted her first Instagram photo: her hand with the simple message “Hello Everybody!” Known for shooting with her beloved Land Camera 250, Smith started posting images from her phone including portraits of her kids, her radiator, her boots, and her Abyssinian cat, Cairo. Followers felt an immediate affinity with these miniature windows into Smith’s world, photographs of her daily coffee, the books she’s reading, the graves of beloved heroes - William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Simone Weil, Albert Camus. Over time, a coherent story of a life devoted to art took shape, and more than a million followers responded to Smith’s unique aesthetic in images that chart her passions, devotions, obsessions, and whims. Original to this book are vintage photographs: anniversary pearls, a mother’s keychain, and a husband’s Mosrite guitar. Here, too, are never-before-seen photos of life on and off the road, train stations, obscure cafés, a notebook always nearby. In wide-ranging yet intimate daily notations, Smith shares dispatches from her travels around the world. With 365 photographs, taking you through a single year, A Book of Days is a new way to experience the expansive mind of the visionary poet, writer, and performer. Hopeful, elegiac, playful - and complete with an introduction by Smith that explores her documentary process - A Book of Days is a timeless offering for deeply uncertain times, an inspirational map of an artist’s life.

Beautiful ... a work of creative homage to writers, poets, friends and family * OBSERVER *
Inspired by Instagram, the singer and poet started snapping photos on her Land Camera 250 – the results are unique, gorgeous and an insight into one year in an extraordinary life * STYLIST, Christmas gift guide *
A beautifully bound hardback, giving her readers an image for each day of the year. The pictures celebrate her friends, living and dead, as well as ordinary objects and mementos. All are accompanied by Smith’s brief yet poignant texts… A Book of Days is a reminder that hope can be found in the tiniest details -- ERICA WAGNER * HARPERS BAZAAR *
A photobook that works as a piece of literature, opening windows on a life of incident and inquiry. It is joyous and mournful in equal measure but the overall effect is of the curious possibilities of life’s meandering journey * FINANCIAL TIMES *
The result is a charming blend of the exotic and the quotidian ... It’s an experience as random and fascinating as the woman herself * BIG ISSUE *
She is holding up these rare photos of some little corner of history that has personally dwelt inside her heart and mind for a long while * POPMATTERS *
PRAISE FOR PATTI SMITH: Some rock stars shut themselves away from life, but Smith’s engagement with the world only deepens * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
Tender, harrowing, often hilarious * VOGUE *
So honest and pure as to count as a true rapture -- JOAN DIDION
Our St John of the Cross, a mystic full of compassion -- EDMUND WHITE
Profoundly beautiful, poetic in its prose and metaphysical in its meaning ... A stunning read * FINANCIAL TIMES *
The narrating voice is the voice of Smith's music, twisting between the incantations of a priestess and laconic poetry … There is plenty of wonderful in this small, sly, mystic book * SPECTATOR *
A poetic masterpiece -- JOHNNY DEPP
Terrifically evocative ... The most spellbinding and diverting portrait of funky-but-chic New York in the late '60s and '70s that any alumnus has committed to print * NEW YORK TIMES *
Sharp, elegiac and finely crafted * SUNDAY TIMES *

ISBN: 9781526650986

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: unknown

400 pages