There are so many incredible books and publications out there, that sometimes, it’s difficult to know what to pick up next.
So, as part of the Must Reads series, I’d like to introduce you to Hoxton Mini Press…
Founded in 2013 by Martin Usborne and Ann Waldvogel, Hoxton Mini Press is a small yet mighty independent publisher of collectible art books about East London – one of the capital’s most iconic and vibrant areas.
Although the subject matter may seem a little limited, it’s amazing how eclectic each piece actually is and as all of the books are created by home grown artists, illustrators and writers, the passion in each and every page is simply undeniable.
Not only do these pieces offer a unique insight into one of the world’s most diverse areas, the books are beautifully pressed and make really special collectable items.
Recently I had the pleasure of reading I’ve Lived in East London for 86 and a Half Years. This moving photo book follows East London veteran Joseph Markovitch, who has only ever left London once. These rare pictures, coupled with Joseph’s wonderfully hilarious and sometimes brilliant insights almost had me in tears, both in joy and sorrow, and it’s still something I pull off my bookshelf regularly. This book, much like the other offerings in the Hoxton Mini Press are real and despite the polished finish of the books, the content is about as salt of the earth as it gets.
So if you have a few moments to spare, take a virtual trip to Hoxton Mini Press and grab yourself a book or two – you won’t regret it.