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A Box of Matches
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  • Published: 1 March 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099448389
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99
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A Box of Matches


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'Extraordinary prose' Sunday Times

A man gets up earlier and earlier each day, dresses in the dark, makes his coffee and lights the fire with a box of matches. Then he rummages through the thoughts that crowd his head and preoccupy him. Here is mid- life domesticated man, whose thoughts veer brilliantly from love and marriage, to firelighters and suicide, in the twinkling of an eye. This is Baker at his best, humorous and observant, revealing the underlying truths about the ephemerality of life, the joy of small things, the darkness just the other side of everyday life- all human life in a box of matches.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099448389
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Nicholson Baker

Born in 1957 Nicholson Baker is the author of several acclaimed novels; A Box of Matches, Vox and The Fermata as well as essays, including the campaigning Double Fold for which the New York Times called him 'the Erin Brokovich of the library world'.

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Praise for A Box of Matches

“Brilliantly discursive and very funny”

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