What I love:
Are you kidding? It’s very beautiful book spines, what’s not to love? I also adore that the title and author’s name is presented as those of one of the books on the front cover – they are unobtrusive and look natural, and not contrived. And look – even the “tag line” is included as the “title” of the next book. How cool is that? The whole cover gives a look and feel of old books that have sat on your shelf a while, which is the whole idea of this book – picking up those long neglected tomes and re-reading them. Genius!
I bought this one with some of my Xmas money and can hardly wait to crack it open!
This is a year of reading from home, by one of Britain’s most distinguished authors. Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again. A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life. Wandering through her house that day, Hill’s eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years. “Howard’s End is on the Landing” charts the journey of one of the nation’s most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.