We make art books that have a story to tell. Whether it’s our Familiars series – in which we invite artists to reimagine classic works of literature – or our new series, the Irregulars about fascinating pockets of British visual culture, we try to find art in the most intriguing and unusual places, and publish it as beautifully as we can.

Run by Elinor Jansz and Richard Embray, we’ve been publishing since 2003. We’re always keen to hear from you – whether you’re a reader, bookseller, historian, or artist, or have an idea you think we’d be interested in.

Contact

Four Corners Books

56 Artillery Lane
London E1 7LS

hello@fourcornersbooks.co.uk
+44 (0)20 7247 8948

Stockists

  • Arnolfini, Bristol
  • Artwords, Rivington Street & Broadway Market
  • La Biblioteka, Sheffield
  • Claire de Rouen
  • Colours May Vary, Leeds
  • Design Museum
  • Donlon Books
  • Foyles, Charing Cross Road
  • Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
  • ICA Bookshop
  • Koenig Books
  • Magalleria, Bath
  • Magma
  • Papersmiths, Bristol
  • Serpentine Gallery
  • South London Gallery
  • Sunday Books, Dublin
  • Tate Britain
  • Tate Modern
  • Tenderbooks
  • Ti Pi Tin
  • Waterstones, Gower Street
  • Waterstones, Garrick Street
  • Waterstones, Piccadilly
  • Whitechapel Gallery

Credits

Design by John Morgan studio
Programming by Benedict de Silva
Pictures by Four Corners Books

News Archive

4.1.2018
On 8 March, 2018, The National Archives will be hosting a talk about its incredible collection of UFO files. Originally set up after a request from Winston Churchill, the Ministry of Defence’s UFO Desk ran for over 60 years, collating mysterious sightings and records of strange objects in the sky. Dr David Clarke, Principal Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, will talk about the remarkable stories behind some of the images from his book, UFO Drawings From The National…

On 8 March, 2018, The National Archives will be hosting a talk about its incredible collection of UFO files. Originally set up after a request from Winston Churchill, the Ministry of Defence’s UFO Desk ran for over 60 years, collating mysterious sightings and records of strange objects in the sky.

Dr David Clarke, Principal Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, will talk about the remarkable stories behind some of the images from his book, UFO Drawings From The National Archives.


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3.10.2017

This Sunday, 8 October, we will be at art publishing fair Cultural Traffic, alongside other exhibitors including Dafydd Jones, Ditto, Eleanor Antin, Empty The Archive, Hysteria, Jane & Jeremy, Kim Wan, The Oxnard Plain Press, Ripopée, Morel Books, John Marchant Gallery, House of O'Dwyer / Rio Cinema, Richardson Magazine, GRRRL ZINE FAIR, Carla Borel, Accumulate, BLOW UP PRESS, Cold Lips and Baron Magazine.  

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3.9.2017

Writer William Hogan and photographer David Titlow are the authors of our new book about British Citizens Band Radio Culture of the 1980s, and more specifically the Eyeball Cards – the business cards of ‘breakers’ exchanged when meeting up in person after chatting on the airwaves. We asked them about their own experience of the wonderful world of CB radio and Eyeball Cards.

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31.8.2017
We’re proud to introduce our newest project, one that we’ve been beavering away at for over a year now: Four Corners Irregulars, a series of books presenting a new look at the history of modern British visual culture. We have chosen a wide range of different subjects, ranging from politics to hobbies, and stretching from 1945 to the present day. All are linked by the remarkable visual creativity that has happened in Britain outside of art galleries and museums. Some of the artworks we will…

We’re proud to introduce our newest project, one that we’ve been beavering away at for over a year now: Four Corners Irregulars, a series of books presenting a new look at the history of modern British visual culture.

We have chosen a wide range of different subjects, ranging from politics to hobbies, and stretching from 1945 to the present day. All are linked by the remarkable visual creativity that has happened in Britain outside of art galleries and museums. Some of the artworks we will feature were made by people who wouldn’t have considered themselves artists, many more were, but who nevertheless chose to make their work seen outside of a traditional gallery context.

Each book will provide an overview of its subject, and together the books will add up to a portrait of our own histories – at times passionate, at others frivolous, but more complex and multifarious than the myths we sometimes tell ourselves about being British.

The first volume is by William Hogan and David Titlow, about Eyeball Cards, the mysterious business cards created by CB radio enthusiasts in the late 1970s and early 1980s. CB radio ‘breakers’ would chat over the airwaves at a time when the technology was yet to be legalised and, taking a lead from US CB culture, would create handles for themselves to help keep their identity a secret. It’s these invented identities that the Eyeball Cards immortalise, calling cards for ‘Lollipop’, ‘Rubber Duck’, and ’Blue Eyes’. These are amusing, occasionally mundane, dark or bawdy, but always personal creations — flotsam from a more innocent analogue world. The result is a window into an outpouring of creativity that prefigures online identities — social media handles before there was even an internet.

The book presents hundreds of the funniest, strangest and most intriguing Eyeball cards from across the UK. In addition, photographer David Titlow has taken portraits of some of the breakers who owned the cards, and writer William Hogan has written a lively history of how and why these cards came to exist.

Eyeball Cards will be published on 12 September, priced £14. It’s a hardback, with 192 pages. It’s Four Corners Irregular #1, and we’ll be announcing details of further books in the series over the coming weeks.

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