'This story, like so many stories, begins with a gift. The gift, like so many gifts, was a book...' Robert Macfarlane In this treasure chest of an anthology, find essays by all your favourite authors about the joy of reading, and of giving and receiving books. Together they make up inspiring, unforgettable, irresistible proof of the power and necessity of literature It includes pieces of exceptional quality from some of the world's most treasured novelists, essayists, poets and nonfiction writers, including: Candice Carty-Williams, Madeline Thien, William Boyd, Chigozie Obioma, Max Porter, Salley Vickers, Andy Miller and Robert Macfarlane.
This is not a book about politics. It is a book about what makes us British, and what makes us European. Spend time with some of your favourite writers and artists in this truly unique collection spanning everything from art, language, food, music and movies, to war, literature, driving, nudity, geography, smoking and nature. Featuring pieces of exceptional quality from some of our most treasured novelists, historians, journalists, poets and artists, including: Jessie Burton, Richard Herring, Alain de Botton, Tom Bradby, Val McDermid, Matt Haig, Afua Hirsch, Lionel Shriver, Sarah Perry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ian Rankin, Owen Jones, Mark Kermode, Robert Macfarlane, Chris Riddell, Former Prime Minister Jim Hacker and many more. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the times we live in, our relationship with the continent, and ourselves. * * * * * INCLUDES PIECES BY: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tom Bradby, Jessie Burton, Ben Collins (aka The Stig), Colonel Tim Collins, Robert Crampton, Adam Dant, Alain de Botton, Kate Eberlen, Matt Frei, Nicci French, Simon Garfield, Jonathan Lynn writing as Former Prime Minister Jim Hacker, Matt Haig, Richard Herring, Jennifer Higgie, Afua Hirsch, Owen Jones, Oliver Kamm, Alex Kapranos, Mark Kermode, Hari Kunzru, Olivia Laing, Marie Le Conte, Amy Liptrot, Robert Macfarlane, Henry Marsh, Val McDermid, Ian McEwan, Hollie McNish, Kate Mosse, Jenni Murray, Sarah Perry, Ian Rankin, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Chris Riddell, Andrew Roberts, Will Self, David Shrigley, Lionel Shriver, Sunny Singh, Ece Temelkuran, Rob Temple, Bee Wilson, Sarah Winman
An official tie-in edition to the runaway hit US reality television series, which broadcasts on Channel 4, in which five gay men, the 'Fab 5', invade a straight man's life and turn him from drab to fab. This book gives an expert advice for men who suspect they might need help, and for all the wives and girlfriends who know they do.