SAYS Tom Hodgkinson: “I’m thrilled to release this co-production with my old friend Gavin Pretor-Pinney, with whom I worked on the Idler for 14 years. Gav runs the Cloud Appreciation Society and also wrote The Cloudspotter’s Guide. He has now has collaborated with me on putting together this gorgeous book about the ukulele, published by Bloomsbury in the UK, US and Australia.
“I had a great time researching the turbulent history of this endlessly fascinating little guitar, from its origins in the Renaissance to its arrival in Hawaii in 1879, and its various rises and falls since then. It’s a story that stars the last King and Queen of Hawaii, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, Nancy Mitford, Bertie Wooster, George Formby, Elvis, The Beatles and many more.
“Gavin contributed a fantastic guide to playing the ukulele, with a bit of help from Danny Wootton, uke tutor at the Idler Academy. There is a songbook as well.
“Gavin designed the book. As you know, William Morris said that you should have nothing in your house that was neither useful or beautiful, and this book is both very useful and very beautiful.”
“The inspirational Ukulele Handbook is destined to become the official new ukulele bible. Brilliantly compiled, it incorporates how-to-play instructions for beginners, chord charts, handy fingering tips, a medley of easy-to-learn songs and the absolutely gripping history of the small, adorable four-string mini guitar,” the Daily Mail
“Brilliant… it will inspire and delight,” George Hinchliffe, Creative Director, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Order your copy now direct from the Idler Academy.