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ISBN 978-1-909585-28-7
First published December 2018; 64 pp
paperback; 204 x 132mm
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Jack Robinson is a pen-name of Charles Boyle, editor of CBe. Previous books by Jack Robinson include An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B. and Robinson.

Natalia Zagórska-Thomas is a visual artist, art conservator and curator. She owns the studio and exhibition space Studio Expurgamento in Camden Town, London. Ana Maria Pacheco: ‘Natalia Zagórska-Thomas is an artist whose work responds to issues of the contemporary world with wit, intelligence and immense sophistication.’

Jack Robinson
Natalia Zagórska-Thomas
‘An elegant, intelligent and beautifully illustrated essay about that exclusively human trait, blushing. On a first reading I chose page 39 as my page of the year for 2018.’
    – David Collard, Review 31 Best Books of 2018

A chink, a gap, a little slippage between me and the other me, the one I’m performing – where the blush gets in.

A blush is a gulp, a glitch, a stammer, a flutter, a flinch. A blush is hot. A blush is an index of confusion. A blush, acording to Darwin, is ‘the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions’. A blush says something and it speaks true. And as with many common species of songbird and butterfly, its numbers are in decline.

Texts by Jack Robinson – with citations from a range of fiction and non-fiction – and colour photographs by Natalia Zagórska-Thomas – including many of her own artwork – investigate the cultural and social history of the blush from the late 18th century to the present day.

Blush – a new adventure for CBe, affording equal status to text and images – is published in association with Studio Expurgamento.