Dear bibliophiles of the UK: to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week (#IBW2017), The Art of Reading is now out in a limited signed and numbered edition. It's only available at independent bookshops, until the general release in August.
The Art of Reading is not a 'how to' or another book about books. It's a companion to reading itself; an invitation to reflect on the reader's freedom, and on the rewards of reading more carefully. From the cover:
We are not born readers, we learn to turn words into worlds. But why is fine writing lauded while excellent reading is ignored? In The Art of Reading, philosopher Damon Young reveals the pleasures of this intimate pursuit through a rich sample of literature: from Virginia Woolf's diaries to Batman comics. He writes with honesty and humour about the blunders and revelations of his own bookish life. Devoting each chapter to a literary virtue—curiosity, patience, courage, pride, temperance, justice—The Art of Reading celebrates the reader's power: to turn shapes on a page into a lifelong adventure.
The book itself is gorgeous: a cadet blue cloth cover designed by Allison Colpoys, with burgundy endpapers and a ribbon bookmark.
If you're still curious about The Art of Reading, here are some reviews and interviews:
Radio National interview
The Australian review
Sydney Morning Herald review
If you'd like to be in the running to win a signed copy of The Art of Reading, tweet a photo of yourself with the book to Scribe UK.