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The Gifts of Reading

Macfarlane, Robert More by this author...£2.50

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 our most lyrical writers comes a short and intensely moving essay on the power, beauty and value of the given book.

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