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A Little Book of Pleasures by [Wood, William]
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Length: 176 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sunpenny (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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My husband and I found A Little Book of Pleasures very enjoyable, gentle, insightful and uplifting collection of short accounts, each devoted to the little pleasures in life reminding us of the value of the small things that collectively make life worthwhile. Reminiscence of good things is one of the most wholesome mental exercises people can perform and some of the accounts are very amusing, tell me if you don't feel better after reading this book.

Interestingly, neither of us was troubled by the writer adopting the second person perspective, it seemed a very easy transition, from the I to the You. I suppose because we do it a lot in conversation when the commonality of experience or of appreciation is recognised, very often when you're giving directions or instructions to folks.

While you can lose yourself in many good books, there are far fewer where you can find yourself again, A Little Book of Pleasures seems one such. On Meeting Yourself is a particularly good essay if you're in need of re-engaging with yourself after a long period of estrangement.

My response as a reader was a strengthening of the sense of the recognition of what I enjoy and an assertion of the relative importance of that. Thank you, William!

My husband, Charles thinks these could make great Radio 4 readings and mp3 recordings, he says:

"A Little Book of Pleasures by William Wood (Sunpenny Ltd publishers) has just been listed in The People's Book Prize Autumn Collection. This is a very gentle but emotive anthology of short stories, each account devoted to small pleasures in life combining as a whole to remind us of the value of little things that make life special and truly worth living.
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This book was entered and was a bronze winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Thi is what our readers thought:


Author: William Wood

Title: A Little Book of Pleasures

COVER: 10/10
ALL of the readers loved the cover and the title. They felt the central image of the boat was strong and the text easy to read. Many of the readers also checked out the blurb on Amazon and they thought it was very enticing. One reader put, ‘The cover reflects the contents very well: the picture of an old rowing boat looking a little tired and worn on a rather sentimental book which looks back charmingly on a bygone era. Perfect.’

This book was very much enjoyed by our older readers (aged 45 – 65). They loved the gentle prose and the wide range of ‘feel-good’ yarns the author entertained the reader with. They felt it would make a perfect travel companion, brightening up any lonely moment in a hotel room. One reader put in her feedback, ‘I loved The Morning Post story. It cheered me up as I happened to read it on the day my internet packed up and was driving me crazy. That’s the best bit about this book. You don’t have to read all of it in one sitting; you don’t even have to read it in the order it is written, but, trust me, there’s a story for everybody in here.’
A few of the younger readers felt the book wasn’t for them. ‘Too oldie worldie,’ they thought. But they still thought it was well written and a book they might return to when they were older.

The readers thought the books were well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. Two readers did note the use of ‘you’ and not ‘I’ throughout the text and thought it a little off putting.
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William Wood's unusual book is a real gem. Others have already said that it is written in an unusual style, using the "you" instead of I as if the author is talking to himself throughout, and about how one can dip in at any point of the book instead of reading from cover to cover. What I found is that this is a beautifully written book, at times poetic, at times wryly humorous. The author's pleasures are as diverse as a child's smile, silence, a log fire or remembered fragments from his many journeys to far-away lands.
I found it thought-provoking and it made me contemplate the simple things in my own life that give me pleasure. Some passages were so poignant or evocative that I think they will stay with me long after I've finished reading it and this book is destined to become one of my own small pleasures or treasures.
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