The Gifts of Reading Paperback – by Robert Macfarlane (Author)


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.

Commissioned in celebration of Independent Bookshop Week, this is a beautiful and moving 5,000 word essay on the power, beauty and value of the given book.


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