Monday, June 15, 2009

Great Roast Books

These just arrived this morning, and I just had to take a picture...

because they are gorgeous: textured covers, clear printing, thick paper and drawings of the authors on the back flaps. Obviously a great deal of loving care has gone into making these books and, as a result, they are little gems.

There is something exquisite and exciting about a small book. Maybe it is some reversion to childhood, and a vague memory of being given such a thing as a prize. They fit in the hand, and there is the promise that here is something that will be short and sweet and easily assimilated. As it says in this excerpt from the Sunday Telegraph...

('...handsome editions designed to be read during along lunch hour or a single train journey.')

It is a fusion of old world charm and today's lifestyle perhaps, a taste of a charmed, remembered time - and then we rush on.


Blogger stu said...

In my case, the joy of a small book is that it's not a coffee table sized history book designed to crush whoever tries to read it.

Mon Jun 15, 10:44:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Ah yes, Stu, I know it well - feigning to be an innocent assembly of paper and card, but really a monstrous thing that has designs on your mind.

Mon Jun 15, 11:44:00 am  
Blogger jem said...

I've read about these in a few places. I think there should be more of these small books about. In the past a few publishers have done them, Picador come to mind. Little 99p tasters. I like to keep one in my bag all the time so if I'm ever stuck somewhere for a few minutes with nothing to read I can dip into it.

Mon Jun 15, 01:04:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, Jem, they're certainly great to have around - in case of emergency and otherwise.

Mon Jun 15, 02:00:00 pm  
Blogger dhamel said...

These are gorgeous, and you're right about the small books: that's one of the attractions of the Lemony Snicket volumes. They're beautiful and small. I remember in school a fellow student (male) luxuriating in the attractions of a Greek Loeb. He might have used the word "delicious."

Fri Jun 19, 02:00:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, there's a really nice feel to them - even before you open the cover.

Fri Jun 19, 04:26:00 pm  

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