Shelf Life: Writers on Books and Reading


Looks at how people read, collect and house their prized book collections.

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‘Without answering in detail, I shall assume that the book-buyer is a book-lover, that his love is a tenacious, not a transitory love, and that for him the question is how best to keep his books.’ – W. E. GladstoneBooks; reading, collecting and the physical housing of them has brought the book-lover joy – and stress – for centuries. Fascinated writers have tried to capture the particular relationships we form with our library, and the desperate troubles we will undergo to preserve it.With Alex Johnson as your guide, immerse yourself in this eclectic anthology and hear from an iconic Prime Minister musing over the best way to store your books and an illustrious US President explaining the best works to read outdoors. Enjoy serious speculations on the psychological implications of reading from a 19th century philosopher, and less serious ones concerning the predicament of dispensing with unwanted volumes or the danger of letting children (the ‘enemies of books’) near your collection. Alex Johnson is a freelance journalist and part of the digital team at The Independent. He is also the author of four books, including Improbable Libraries, Bookshelf, and Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest title, A Book of Book Lists, was published by the British Library in 2017.Published 11th October 2018

Alex Johnson
128 pages

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