Book: Adventures in Stationery/The Perfection of The Paperclip

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Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case by James Ward is a book I could not overlook — just for the cover design and the title alone! I’ve read the description of the book at least three times and I’m still not sure what the book will contain. I’m going to hang all my enthusiasm on the last sentence of the descriptio: “Combining telling details, peculiar facts, a love of humour, hubris and brimming with curious stories, this book will change the way you look at your desk forever.” I’m in. Now can I order an ebook from Amazon UK without any issues? Anyone know? If not, I guess I’ll have to order it and pay the international shipping.

The book is also available for pre-order in the US in digital or paper edition from and will be released in May 2015. Also, the title was changed for the US release to The Perfection of the Paperclip: Curious Tales of Invention, Accidental Genius, and Stationery Obsession. Really, why?

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  1. I’ve tried to order Kindle books from Amazon UK and unfortunately it doesn’t work. Once you sign in to your Amazon account the only options available are the physical ones. Unfortunately.

  2. Have you read “The Missing Ink”, by Philip Hensher? He examines the history of handwriting and its teaching, and looks at its decline in modern times. He’s British and his viewpoint leans toward British examples, but he’s fascinating and realistically passionate about the importance of handwriting in our lives. The book is published by Faber and Faber, Inc., and sells for $15.00 US. It’s worth reading, often funny, and informative.

      1. You’ll enjoy it, it’s a fine book, Hensher’s chapter on his experiences buying a fountain pen in London is hilarious!

  3. I have now read about half of the book and so far I can unreservedly recom­mend it – it is fascinating, entertaining, quirky, very well researched and full of exciting details.

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