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The Groaning Shelf

The Groaning Shelf

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Notes from a bibliophile on the romance of book collecting, the beauty of dust jackets, the lure of rare and first editions, the art of browsing in second-hand bookshops, the bibliomania of book thieves, movies about books, the inner life of a reader, the pleasures of bibliophily and of course, favourites.

The delightful genre of books about books which looks at the book as physical object, as a crafted work of art where its bibliographical aspects binding, typography, edition, condition, rarity matter as much as the literary content inside, has seldom been explored in Indian writing with the cultic devotion displayed over these little essays that capture the drama of bookish obsession, the joys and snares of the bookish life and the gentle madness that is book love.

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books about books / essays / indian / nonfiction / Pradeep Sebastian / writing /