- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (25 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007480261
- ISBN-13: 978-0007480265
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.7 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Paper: An Elegy Hardcover – 25 Oct 2012
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Praise for ‘Paper’:
‘Engaging and dynamic’ Andrew Martin, Financial Times
‘Wonderfully diverting…Splendidly dense with fact and thought’ Steven Poole, Times Literary Supplement
‘Sansom’s scholarship is prodigious; his enthusiasm inexhaustible…He can make one laugh out loud by his placing of a single word’ Daily Telegraph
‘A collection of ever so erudite, witty, chucklesome essays, rich with digressions and asides, on paper, in many of its guises, that seeks to refute – and does refute – the idea that we are moving towards a paperless world’ Bookmunch
About the Author
Born in Essex, England, Ian Sansom is the author of the popular Mobile Library Mystery Series. He is also a frequent contributor and critic for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The London Review of Books, and The Spectator. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
He studied at both Oxford and Cambridge and is a former Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Currently, he teaches at Warwick University.
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But a bit soft, and marshmallowy in the writing and the choice of information...
Books - both printed and hand written are discussed as is paper money, which has been around a lot longer than you might think. Labels and packaging are explored by way of Charles Dickens and his job in a blacking factory and Nick Drake provides the title for the final chapter `Five Leaves Left'. Origami merits a chapter to itself - anyone remember Robert Harbin and his fascinating children's programmes? Paper's use in art is explored not just as the surface to which paint is applied but also to make three dimensional models.
The book is beautifully produced and designed. It has a comprehensive bibliography for those who would like to see the sources of the information contained in the book and there is an index.
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