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Dedicated to...: The Forgotten Friendships, Hidden Stories and Lost Loves found in Second-hand Books [Hardcover]

W B Gooderham
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7 Nov 2013

Books are amongst the most personal of gifts. The book we choose to give a loved one is informed by our intimate knowledge of their personal histories and their tastes. Often, when we gift books, we love to explain the meaning behind our present by writing an inscription within its pages. Ordinarily, we hope the gift and its message will be enjoyed, placed lovingly on its new owner's bookshelf and treasured forever. This is not always the case, though ...

W B Gooderham is fascinated by second-hand books and curates a growing collection of those featuring intriguing inscriptions. The messages he finds range from the awkward scratchings of adolescent infatuation, to the resentful recriminations of a love affair gone sour and offer illuminating glimpses into their books' own secret histories.

This beautifully presented book will feature the very best from the author's collection of dedications alongside the covers of the works in which they were found. From Animal Farm to Pride and Prejudice, there's something here to please every book lover's taste.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593072847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593072844
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A delightful and revealing collection of personal inscriptions discovered in second-hand books

About the Author

W B Gooderham is a freelance writer, regularly reviewing books and contributing articles on literature to The Guardian and Time Out. He lives in London and is currently writing his debut novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift 5 Aug 2014
By Jennifer May VINE VOICE
I mainly bought this book because it's so PRETTY! A lovely hardback edition made to look old, with lovely thick glossy pages.

I love dedications in books, unfortunately I have only received one myself (from a dog!), so I was really looking forward to reading dedications others have received. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I'd read the books that were dedicated - I think context was needed in some of them, so knowing the contents of the book would have enlightened me as to the meaning of the dedication.

All in all a beautiful book that would make an excellent gift for a bibliophile, especially if you dedicate it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT READ 5 Dec 2013
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I bought this book as a birthday present for my daughter, she loved it so much that I read it when she was finished, we are both devotees of charity shops where we buy a lot of books, we often commented on some of the inscriptions in them and thought how poignant it was finding a book whose inscription showed it as a school prize for someone fifty or more years ago should end up in that particular charity shop.
A wonderful book and a great credit to the author for coming up with the idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely fascinating 11 May 2014
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I've always loved books about books and this is a fine one. Personal, private stories hinted at in the inscriptions in books. Beautifully designed and produced too. I've kept one myself, and given several to friends. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Feb 2014
By Amanda
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This is such a lovely book, I bought it for my Daughter but to be honest I couldn't wait until she had finished with it so I could have a good read. I would definately reccomend. We later also bought Letters of Note which was also a brilliant book some of the letters are so touching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant idea 20 Feb 2014
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lovely book to dip into......I love poking around in second hand book shops and have myself read some amazing inscriptions......what a lovely idea to publish them - more please......
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but left me wanting more. 4 Feb 2014
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I'm a real bookaholic & buy lots of second hand books, so I thought this book would be a fascinating read. I don't quite know what I expected really, but thought there would be more depth to it.
It's such a good concept & I expected to love it, but in fact I found some of the inscriptions boring & not worthy of being in this book at all... Of course, some were very moving & I do wonder, as the author did, as to why these books were ever given away!
I finished the whole book in a couple of hours & was left feeling quite dissatisfied, but as a friend pointed out, I don't like short stories, & I do like to get my teeth into a really long book, so maybe that's why!
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