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Description - The Gifts of Reading by Robert Macfarlane

An autobiographical essay on the importance of giving and receiving books - from the bestselling author of Landmarks and The Old Ways

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 both participants the richer. 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 our most lyrical writers comes a short and intensely moving essay on the power, beauty and value of the given book.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780241978313
ISBN-10: 0241978319
Format: Paperback / softback
(154mm x 131mm x 6mm)
Pages: 48
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways and Landmarks. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The New York Times. His most recent book is The Lost Words, a spell-book for adults and children alike, illustrated by Jackie Morris.

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