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James Ward - Adventures in Stationery (A Journey Through your Pencil Case) (2nd Hand Leatherette)

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We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Crystal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex are integral parts of our everyday environment. So much so that we never think about where they come from, why they are the way they are - or what stories they might have to tell.

But luckily, James Ward does and he's here to tell you all about the secret pull stationery exerts on our lives. After all, who remains unmoved by the sight of a pristine blu-tak slab, or the first unmarked sheet of a brand new notepad? And which of humanity's brightest ideas didn't start life on a scrap of paper, a Post-it, or in the margins of a notebook?

Exploring the stories behind these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention - accidental and brilliant - and bitter rivalry. He also asks the questions you never thought you had: Who is Mr Pritt? What does shatter-proof resistant mean? How many pens does Argos use? And what does design evolutions in desk organisers mean for society?

This witty and entertaining book, Adventures in Stationery is packed with fascinating facts, will change the way you look at your desk, pencil case or stationery cupboard forever.

  • Format : 2nd Hand Leatherette with Moleskin cover
  • Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Non-Fiction - Uncategorised
  • Published : 2014
  • ISBN : 9781846686153
  • SKU : B000220
  • PPC : SP480gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"Elegantly written . . . James Ward has ensured we won't need another book on stationery for a very long time indeed." - Andrew Martin, The Observer.

"Ward writes with a blend of wit, unhealthy obsession and pure love. Here is high-class pornography for the stationery enthusiast." - Alexander Gilmour, FT.

"James Ward investigates the drama of the desk tidy . . . many questions you never thought to ask when chewing your Bic are answered smartly in black ink on white paper in geeky detail" - Iain Finlayson, Times.

The Author

James Ward (born 2 April 1981) is an English writer and the founder of Boring Conference.