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Confessions of a Collector: Or How to be a Part-Time Treasure Hunter Hardcover – 15 Oct 2009
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I absolutely love this book. For when it comes to collections, Hunter Davies is a king among men. If you give this book to someone - a man obviously - on Christmas morning, I can almost guarantee you won't hear a peep out of him for the rest of the day' Hampstead and Highgate Express.
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Collecting things is the world's biggest hobby: there are very few people who do not collect something, consciously or otherwise. The perennially popularity of such television programmes as Antiques Roadshow and Bargain Hunt - watched and enjoyed by millions of Britons - is eloquent testimony to its enduring appeal. As a compulsive collector of items as diverse as comics, coronation mugs, British prime ministerial autographs and football memorabilia, Hunter Davies is well placed to write about the fascinations and frustrations of 'treasure-hunting'. In Confessions of a Collector he writes affectionately about fifteen collections that he has built up over the years - from first issues of magazines and newspapers to Beatles memorabilia, and from China and pottery to Lakelandiana. In his inimitably enthusiastic style, he describes how his collections came into being, tells some intriguing stories behind the items in them, and recounts his triumphs and disasters. He also discussed the nature of the urge to collect and examines why it is that there are more male collectors than female ones. Hunter touches anecdotally on the economics of collecting, but this is not a price guide - it is a book to be read and savoured, rich in vignette and reminiscence drawn from the deep well of its author's multi-faceted enthusiasms. At one level the act of collecting is simply the lazy person's inability to throw anything away; at another, it shines light into forgotten but fascinating nooks and crannies of our past. As Hunter says: 'It's not just another collection, it's a social and economic history'. Confessions of a Collector is both the perfect introduction to, and a personal celebration of, the strangely compelling world of collecting.See all Product description
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These are all well documented in separate chapters and its easy-going and infromative style is almost an autobiography as well as a catalogue. He includes stamp collecting and is able to make a subject ,that is often dull to even those who collect, interesting and amusing. He used to write a regular humorous column over 20 years ago in a stamp collecting magazine that disappeared a long time ago and he is able to look at stamps and other collecting passions as a rite of passage. Some collecting themes have remained with him all his life, whereas others have flowered and faded like exotic blooms and some like stamps were interests in his childhood, returned in his adultlife, but disappeared again.