Non fiction like you've never read it before! Quirky and humorous, part poetry, part reflection, this is the story of the book told by none other than the character of a Book himself!
This extraordinary character begins by reminding us of his origins in oral story and clay tablets, then ponders on papyrus, parchment and paper, and on being a scroll who finally gets a spine. We see him lovingly illuminated by monks in medieval monasteries, then witness the massive changes brought about by the invention of the printing press, and the coming of paperbacks and e-books in the 20th century. But Book's not a straightforwardly chronological chap; he can't help musing - and his musings, whether they're on the evolution of the alphabet, libraries, book-burning or blurbs, are delightful and thought-provoking.
Years of reflection and observation have gone into this charming title - John Agard signed the contract with Walker 16 years ago!
Why it's on The Cornrow?
We adore books here at The Cornrow HQ, for reading, for sharing and for shelfie styling! We have given a lot of thought into curating the edit of books on our site. They are diverse (of course!) but also wonderfully written, fun or extremely educational (if not all four!)