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Reading Matters

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About the Author

Margaret Willes, the former Publisher for the National Trust, has written and illustrated numerous books. She lives in London.


"'How do books furnish rooms - and minds? How have they been produced, sold, acquired, and read since William Caxton? These questions, always intriguing, are illuminated in this colourful bibliophilic excursion.' Jonathan Rose 'a wide-ranging history of readers and reading... a book rich in anecdote.' Christina Hardyment, Oxford Today 'Every now and again, an enchanting and delightful book appears which mixes real scholarship with eminently readable prose. Margaret Willes's Reading Matters is one such work... Books about books can be tricky affairs but this one is captivating; it is at once both instructive and entertaining. Anyone who loves books and their history will love Reading Matters.' Peter H. Reid, Library and Information History"

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