Submit an Enquiry or Call Us +44 (0) 1482 384660
Image for The secret life of books  : why they mean more than words

The secret life of books : why they mean more than words

By: Mole, Tom

1783964588 / 9781783964581
13 in stock Need More ?
United Kingdom
23 cm 229 pages : illustrations (black and white)
General (US: Trade)  Learn More

'Probably the most compulsive text ever penned about what it means to handle and possess a book' - Christopher de Hamel, author of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts'A real treasure trove for book lovers' - Alexander McCall SmithWe love books.

We take them to bed with us. They weigh down our suitcases when we go on holiday.

We display them on our bookshelves or store them in our attics.

We give them as gifts. We write our names in them. We take them for granted. And all the time, our books are leading a double life. The Secret Life of Books is about everything that isn't just the words.

It's about how books transform us as individuals. It's about how books - and readers - have evolved over time. And it's about why, even with the arrival of other media, books still have the power to change our lives. In this illuminating account, Tom Mole looks at everything from binding innovations to binding errors, to books defaced by lovers, to those imprisoning professors in their offices, to books in art, to burned books, to the books that create nations, to those we'll leave behind. It will change how you think about books.


2AB English, DSRC Literary companions, book reviews & guides, WZG Gift books

Our price£11.24
RRP £14.99
Save 25%
Other Formats