The Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words (Hardcover)

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

About the Author

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. His book What the Victorians Made of Romanticism won the 2018 Saltire Prize for Research Book of the Year.

Praise For…

"Probably the most compulsive text ever penned about what it means to handle and possess a book." —Christopher de Hamel, author, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

"A real treasure trove for book lovers." —Alexander McCall Smith

"Wonderfully insightful." —Alberto Manguel, author, A History of Reading

"Tom Moles enthusiasm for books is infectious. If you also love books . . . you'll want to discover The Secret Life of Books." —Sam Jordison, author, Literary London

"A treat for bibliophiles everywhere." —Gavin Francis, author, Shapeshifters

"A treasure-chest, filled with bookish wonders." —Adam Roberts, author, Jack Glass

"I suspect Ill never look at a book the same way again." —Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author, Stamping Butterflies

Product Details
ISBN: 9781783964581
ISBN-10: 1783964588
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson
Publication Date: October 1st, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English