The Gifts of Reading

Robert Macfarlane

The Gifts of Reading
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The Gifts of Reading

Robert Macfarlane

From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks - an essay on the beauty and joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book.

Every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the act of giving books is charged with a special emotional resonance. It is a meeting of three minds (the giver, the author, the recipient), an exchange of intellectual and psychological currency, that leaves both participants the richer. Here Robert Macfarlane recounts the story of a book he was given as a young man, and how he managed eventually to return the favour, though never repay the debt.

From one of the most lyrical writers of our time comes a perfectly formed gem, a lyrical celebration of the power and preciousness of the given book.

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