A Book For Bloomsday - New Book of Illustrations Breathe New Life Into Ulysses

It's June 16. What does that mean? It's Bloomsday in case you can't keep up with random anniversaries.

Bloomsday has become a day which celebrates the life of Irish writer James Joyce given that the events of his novel Ulysses are set on 16 June back in 1904 - the 'Bloom' bit coming from the book's main character Leopold Bloom. Clear? In layman's terms it's a chance to chance to ponce about in tweeds (c'mon, it's for the sake of literature).

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Just in time for Bloomsday, comes The Purple Book.

This beautifully formed tome marries modern illustration to work from the sexier shelves in the library like the Gallic eroticism of Georges Bataille, wild libertinism of Marquis de Sade and our man James Joyce.

In response to Molly Bloom's stream-of-consciousness soliloquy at the close of Ulysses, Dutch artist Martine Johanna has created a series of exquisitely drawn pieces that illuminate the work, and inject that much needed visual stimulus to help the reader reach that end goal.

And then you can go and read all 350,000 words of the book again, York Notes at the ready.

The Purple Book is out now (Laurence King Publishing)