1. PACK UP YOUR TROUBLESArtist-drawn humorous postcards were growing considerably in popularity at the start of the 20th century. When war broke out in 1914, the government used them to bolster morale, stiffen resolve and lift the spirits of its citizens, at home and abroad. They were also an excellent tool for recording and commenting on military and civilian events as they unfolded. Pack Up Your Troubles is a carefully curated selection of postcards that focuses exclusively on the impact of British humour in WW1. • Pack Up Your Troubles by NADFAS-accredited Lecturer James Taylor is published by Conway. RRP is £10 (paperback), but readers can buy it for £8, including free UK p&p. Purchase online at www.bloomsbury.com and enter the code ‘GLR JQ1’ to take advantage of the discount (until December 31, 2016).2. MR BARRYÕS WARWhen architect Charles Barry won the competition to build a new Houses of Parliament in London he thought it was the chance of a lifetime. It swiftly turned into a nightmare.Acres of unstable quicksand, a lengthy river frontage to be constructed in the treacherous currents of the Thames, gigantic towers requiring new technology and spectacular interiors were just some of the problems. It took 25 years for Barry to fi nish his ‘Great Work’ in the face of overwhelming odds, and at great personal cost. Mr BarryÕs War takes up where its prize-winning prequel The Day Parliament Burned Down left off, resulting in the world’s most famous secular cathedral to democracy.• Mr BarryÕs War by Caroline Shenton is published by Oxford University Press. RRP is £25, but readers can save 30% on it (and The Day Parliament Burned Down, £18.99/£12.99). To order simply go to www.oup.com/academic, add the title to your shopping basket and use the promotional code ‘AAFLYG6’. 3. DAZZLE: DISGUISE AND DISRUPTION IN WAR AND ARTIt is rare for art to impact directly upon the vicissitudes of war. Yet, in the course of WW1, a collision of naval strategy and the nascent modern art movement led to some 2,000 British ships going to sea as the largest painted Modernist ‘canvases’ in the world, covered in abstract geometric designs in a myriad of colours. Dazzle camoufl age rejects concealment in favour of disruption. False painted bow-waves and sterns were used to throw off the aim of deadly U-boat captains by up to 55%. The high contrast shapes and colours made it very diffi cult to match up a ship in the two halves of an optical naval rangefi nder. This new book traces the development of the Dazzle aesthetic from theory into practice, looking at the impact on art and design. • Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art by James Taylor is published by Casemate. Hardback and beautifully illustrated, the RRP is £20, but readers can buy it for £16. To order visit www.casematepublishers.co.uk, add Dazzle to your basket, and enter promotional code ‘NADDAZZ17’. 4. MEET CAST MEMBERS FROM ÔTHE DRESSERÕSet against the backdrop of a down-at-heel theatre in the midst of WW2, The Dresser is a hilarious yet heart-wrenching tale of an ageing actor-manager, the last in a dying breed of great Shakespearean actors, who is unwilling to deliver his renowned portrayal of King Lear. It falls to his faithful dresser to keep both the show and its star from falling apart. Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith star in the revival of Ronald Harwood’s beloved drama at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre, which explores the relationship between two men who are reluctantly and inevitably co-dependent. • We have secured an exclusive ticket offer for groups of six or more at the 2.30pm matinee of The Dresser on January 11, 2017 – which includes a Q+A with members of the cast after the show. The price is just £39.50pp for a Band A seat (usually £65, no booking fees). To book, contact Theresa Baker on 01327 844263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.OffersA collection of Christmas ideas for readers of the Review4. Images: Collect image by Angela Moore, styling by Despina Curtis.2. 3.1. 46 NADFAS REVIEW / WINTER 2016 www.nadfas.org.ukOFFERS2.