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Fun and games at the inkwell,
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This review is from: The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why it Still Matters (Hardcover)
I so enjoyed this book - but then, I was the inky-fingered child who shot up a over-keen hand to be stationery monitor or ink monitor - at my primary school in the fifties. Hensher has done a service in framing a perfectly serious mission to put handwriting back on the agenda within a jolly set of fun and games at the inkwell. He wears his love of literacy and literature deliberately lightly, so as not to alienate those who do not share his desire to see handwriting back on the syllabus. Does anybody learn it nowadays? People just don't care about the loss of these simple skills. But when the computers go down we will need to be able to write. And who would send a note of condolence as a typed letter or (worse) an email? I loved his examples, his bits of potted history and his anecdotes. The only thing that didn't quite work for me were the chapters of first-person 'witness' - which I would have preferred incorporated into the body of the text. But I did enjoy Hensher's use of extended footnote to rant entertainingly. This is a good read - in the manner of Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Highly recommended.