Books as protagonist

There is many a story where the book is the hero, the villain, the raison d’etre, the love interest and the saviour. It remains a fact that despite the technology to read books on tablets, phones and laptops, the physical object prevails. There are many reasons for this, and although in a society where ‘instant’ often isn’t fast enough, people still wish to have their emotions and senses evoked by the smell of the paper and ink, the beauty of the cover design, and the touch of turning the pages. This is no doubt why there are countless old and new stories that centre around books – from M.R. James’s Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book published since 1904, to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 first published in 1964.  That’s one side of the coin anyway. The other side is where books are well, books, in all their glory – books about books.  Here are just a handful of both:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Floating Book by Michelle Lovric

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didier Laurent

The less than perfect legend of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite

The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric

Howards End Is On The Landing by Susan Hill

84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Huff

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

 

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