Saturday 3rd October – 11am – online
Join Tom Mole in conversation with Paul Hudson of Portobello Library as they discuss The Secret Life of Books.
We love books. We take them to bed with us. We display them on our bookshelves. We write our names in them. They weigh down our suitcases when we go on holiday. We take them for granted. But there’s much more to them than meets the eye. From how books feel and smell, to burned books, banned books, and books that create nations, The Secret Life of Book is about everything beyond the words on the page. It’s about how books – and readers – have evolved over time. And it’s about how books still have the power to change our lives.
Tom Mole is Professor of English Literature and Book History at the University of Edinburgh, where he runs the Centre for the History of the Book. He is the author of What the Victorians Made of Romanticism, which won the Saltire Prize for best research book in 2018. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and lives in Edinburgh with his wife and daughter.
Books by all our participating authors are available to order from our local bookshop. Click the link to visit the page.
The Portobello Bookshop