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The Book Of Life [Paperback]

Eve Claxton
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7 Feb 2008

From childhood through to adulthood ­- if not necessarily maturity - The Book of Life offers the literary journal of a lifetime, in the company of the most fascinating and talented figures in history.

From Alan Bennett's wartime childhood in Yorkshire to Mahatma Gandhi's experiment with cigarettes; Katherine Hepburn on her first acting job aged 21 and Primo Levi on being captured by Fascist militia at the same age; Darwin on his lifelong love - his work - and Nelson Mandela on his release from prison aged 71 ... life and living in all its manifold glories is represented.

With insights that encompass generations and continents, this is a uniquely enjoyable immersion in some of the world's best, and most personal, writing.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091908469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091908461
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In The Book of Life ... the reader is very aware of the marvellous, pulsing veined and passionate, unique-to-every-individual life force ... you dip into the pages and find treasure upon treasure ... we can enjoy an abundance of heart-felt outpourings ... fascinating ... like the vast spectrum of human experience collected in this book, it excites us and affords us a little shock of recognition" (Daily Mail)

"Occasionally a book comes along that is so well conceived and artfully constructed it demands a permanent place on a book lover's shelf - The Book of Life is one. This is an enthralling collection of memoirs and anecdotes ... Claxton has done a magnificent job in digging out fascinating works ... Moving, emotional, revealing - this is a book that devotees of the written word will read again and again" (Daily Record)

"Bold and endlessly diverting ... Cleverly constructed as an autobiography itself, Claxton neatly tessellates the entries, creating telling juxtapositions, so that Einstein rubs shoulders with Muhammad Ali. This is insightful, humane and re-readable: a perfect gift" (Scotland on Sunday)

"The perfect bedside book." (Saga Magazine)

Book Description

The finest memoir writing through the centuries from the world's greatest writers, artists, poets, scientists, showmen, statesmen, saints, swindlers and superstars - now in affordable paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Book of Life 13 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought a copey for a christmas present and found myself reading it; I bought another copy. Very interesting, some a little obscure and could do with explanations...who are they?
over all a good coffee table/bedtime read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the lives of brilliance 27 May 2014
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Many of the people in this book are ones that I admire. To know a little of their thoughts and experiences gives me a sense of connection with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Life 6 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Eve Caxton's book is a treasure throve anthology of some truly wonderful memoir writing going right through the centuries. Hugely entertaining book that I was more than happy to add to my Kindle having bought it in paperback.
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