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The Gifts of Reading

Macfarlane, Robert
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: June 1, 2017
ISBN: 9780241978313
32 pages

£2.50

From the bestselling author of UNDERLAND, THE OLD WAYS and THE LOST WORDS – an essay on the joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book

Every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the act of giving books is charged with a special emotional resonance. It is a meeting of three minds (the giver, the author, the recipient), an exchange of intellectual and psychological currency, that leaves each participant enriched. Here Robert Macfarlane recounts the story of a book he was given as a young man, and how he managed eventually to return the favour, though never repay the debt. From one of the most lyrical writers of our time comes a perfectly formed gem, a lyrical celebration of the transcendent power and humanity of the given book.

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