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The Secret Life of Books

The Secret Life of Books

Why They Mean More Than Words

by Tom Mole
Paperback
Publication Date: 02/12/2020

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We love books. We take them to bed with us. They weigh down our suitcases on holiday. We display them on our bookshelves, give them as gifts, 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, the stories they tell us about ourselves. 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 stylish and thought-provoking meditation, 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. A striking text in a stunning package, it will change how you think about books.

ISBN:
9781783965298
9781783965298
Category:
Literary studies: general
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
02-12-2020
Publisher:
Elliott & Thompson Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Edition:
2nd Edition
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
198x129mm
Tom Mole

Tom Mole is Professor of English Literature and Book History at the University of Edinburgh, where he runs the Centre for the History of the Book. He has taught at universities in the UK and Canada, and has lectured widely in Europe, Australia and North America.

He has written or edited several volumes about books and literature, including What the Victorians Made of Romanticism, which won the 2018 Saltire Prize for Research Book of the Year. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young daughter.

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