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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time Hardcover – 12 Aug. 2016

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"...a splendidly comprehensive and tactile object...You can learn a lot from this book."

--Herald Scotland

"Keith Houston's deft history of the object wraps entire civilizations into the telling, propelling us through the evolution of writing, printing, binding and illustration with gusto...gripping..."

--Nature

"A love letter to the physical book, this is a fascinating and erudite telling of how it came into being...hugely enlightening...a definitive history of the printed book."

--Yorkshire Post

"Houston has an eye for humour and The Book is stuffed full of quirky anecdotes...If you're looking for a definitive history of the printed book, this is it."

--The Belfast Telegraph

"This witty and mischievous tome traces the evolution from papyrus to paperback in 448 pages. It's an optimistic ode to one of mankind s greatest inventions, which continues to thrive even against the onslaught of e-readers."

--The Monocle Minute

"full of insights and deeply researched...Houston has created a user-friendly reference book for both geek and connoisseur...[he] transforms what might be deemed tedious history into a thorough and entertaining read...this is essential reading for print lover and screen user."

--Eye Magazine

"...we bibliomaniacs have a soulmate in Keith Houston...Houston's book about the book - a handsome artefact as well as an informative and inventive one - traces it from its origins in papyrus and parchment to the era of cheap paper, moveable type and mass production...riveting."

--Scottish Review of Books

"Houston's fixation with this object is a delight, and his understanding of how history is written and his clear delineation between speculation and established fact are very refreshing."

--Publishers Weekly

"...erudite, playful, and illuminating. [Houston's] massive research informs his discussion - research he has absorbed so well that it seems to flow effortlessly from his pen...Houston is both witty and intensely detailed, thus appealing both to general readers and to bibliophiles..."

--Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

Keith Houston is the author of Shady Characters and the founder of shadycharacters.co.uk. He lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read AND great book object
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book- A perfect explanation of the history of the Book
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