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  • Published: 19 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241978313
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $5.99

The Gifts of Reading




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.

  • Published: 19 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241978313
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $5.99

About the author

Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris.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. The Lost Words won the Books Are My Bag Beautiful Book Award and the Hay Festival Book of the Year. 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.

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Praise for The Gifts of Reading

[Macfarlane] is a godfather of a cultural moment

Sunday Times on Landmarks

[Macfarlane] can unfurl a sentence with the breathless ease of a master angler, a writer whose ideas transcend the physical region he explores

New York Times Book Review

I'll read anything Macfarlane writes

David Mitchell, author of 'Cloud Atlas'

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