The Secret Life of Books

The Secret Life of Books Why They Mean More Than Words

Paperback (29 Oct 2020)

Save $1.89

  • $13.83
  • $11.94
Add to basket

Includes delivery to USA

10+ copies available online - Usually dispatched within 7 days


We love books. We take them to bed with us. We display them on our bookshelves. We write our names in them. They weigh down our suitcases when we go on holiday. We take them for granted. But there's much more to them than meets the eye.

From how books feel and smell, to burned books, banned books and books that create nations, The Secret Life of Books is about everything beyond the words on a page. It's about how books - and readers - have evolved over time. And about how books still have the power to change our lives.

'A real treasure trove for book lovers' ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH

'Every sentence is utterly captivating ... probably the most compulsive text ever penned about what it means to handle and possess a book' CHRISTOPHER DE HAMEL, author of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

'Wonderfully insightful' ALBERTO MANGUEL, author of A History of Reading

Book information

ISBN: 9781783965298
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson
Imprint: Elliott & Thompson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 002
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 45203
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 244g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 22mm