Jacob's Room is Full of Books

Jacob's Room is Full of Books : A Year of Reading

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When we spend so much of our time immersed in books, who's to say where reading ends and living begins? The two are impossibly and gloriously wedded, as Hill shows in Jacob's Room Is Full of Books.

Considering everything from Edith Wharton's novels through to Alan Bennett's diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of twelfth century monk Aelred of Rievaulx, Susan Hill charts a year of her life through the books she has read, reread or returned to the shelf. From beneath a shady tree in a hot French summer, or the warmth of a kitchen during an English winter, Hill reflects on what her reading throws up, from writing and writers to politics and religion, as well as the joy of dandies or the pleasure of watching a line of geese cross a meadow.

Full of wry observations and warm humour, as well as strong opinions freely aired, this is a rare and wonderful insight into the rich world of reading from one of the nation's most accomplished authors.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 27mm | 361g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1781250804
  • 9781781250808
  • 106,025

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Delightful ... [Hill] potently evokes the joy of discovering a new author or re-evaluating a favourite ... The authors, painters and musicians she knows or knew are vividly sketched ... a richly idiosyncratic memoir of a bibliophile. Best of all, it ignites a passion for books one hasn't read, or even though of. -- Nick Curtis * Mail on Sunday * This thought-provoking book gives both inspiration on new titles to explore and a soothing sense that reading is indeed a vital and central part of living. * Press Association * Hill is wise, affectionate, insightful. Here is a distillation of a lifetime of reading, writing, editing, publishing, buying, hoarding, lending, borrowing and dog-earing books. * Times * The bookworm in your life will be champing at the bit to read [Hill's] recommendations * Saga * Praise for Howards End is on the Landing:
'Totally beguiling, utterly persuasive' * The Times * A passionate reminder of the importance of reading and a revealing glimpse of a writer's life * Observer * Fascinating sketches of literary and artistic figures ... an eloquent advocate [for] the virtues of wide-ranging, deeply felt and considered reading * Daily Telegraph * Delightful... an idiosyncratic commingling of fiction, non-fiction and poetry...Hill has a voracious and varied appetite and her taste, with a few exceptions, is impeccable * New Statesman * Will stir up your love for old classics and send you scurrying off in search of exciting new reads. -- James Marriott * Times Books of the Year * An amusing insight into how reading shapes our lives. For those with new year's resolutions to read more books, this journal is a good place to start. -- Saskia Murphy * Big Issue *
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About Susan Hill

Susan Hill has been awarded a CBE for her services to literature. Author of the Simon Serrailler crime series and numerous other novels, her literary memoir Howards End is on the Landing and the ghost stories The Man In The Picture, The Small Hand, Dolly, and The Travelling Bag, are all published by Profile. The Woman in Black is published by Profile in hardback.
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