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

From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks -- an essay on the beauty and 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 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 the most lyrical writers of our time comes a perfectly formed gem, a lyrical celebration of the power and preciousness of the given book.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241978313

    June 19, 2017

    Penguin General UK

    48 pages

    RRP $5.99

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  • EBook

    9780241982709

    June 1, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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The Lost Words: A Spell Book
Landmarks
The Old Ways

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