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The Secret Library
The Secret Library

The Secret Library


256 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: January 2017

ISBN 9781782435570

Rights: US & CA

Michael O'Mara Books (Jan 2017)
Michael O'Mara

Price: $19.95


A fascinating tour through the curious history of Western civilization as told through its most emblematic invention, the book

As well as leafing through the well-known titles that have helped shape the world in which we live, Oliver Tearle also dusts off some of the more neglected items to be found hidden among the bookshelves of the past. You'll learn about the forgotten Victorian novelist who outsold Dickens, the woman who became the first published poet in America and the eccentric traveller who introduced the table-fork to England. Through exploring a variety of books—novels, plays, travel books, science books, cookbooks, joke books and sports almanacs—The Secret Library highlights some of the most fascinating aspects of our history. It also reveals the surprising connections between various works and historical figures. What links Homer's Iliad to Aesop's Fables? Or Wisden Cricketers' Almanack to the creator of Sherlock Holmes? The Secret Library brings these little-known stories to light, exploring the intersections between books of all kinds and the history of the Western world over 3,000 years.

Author Biography

Oliver Tearle runs the blog Interesting Literature: A Library of Literary Interestingness. He is the author of Bewilderments of Vision: Hallucination and Literature, 1880–1914 and T. E. Hulme and Modernism.