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Error World

An Affair with Stamps

By Simon Garfield

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2009
When he was very young, Simon Garfield lusted after rare stamps but could not afford them. When he was older, the passion reignited with almost ruinous results. The Error World is an examination of obsession and desire, and the search for fulfilment. But it is also a story of wooden legs, pornography, Pele's World Cup Shirt, the man who guards stamps for the Queen and a woman who is terrified of the Post Office Tower.

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The Error World is a funny, revealing memoir about Simon Garfield and the flawed nature of the universe - by way of mid-life crisis, male obsession, stamp collecting and love.

About the Author

Simon Garfield was born in 1960. He is the author of Expensive Habits: The Dark Side of the Industry (1986), The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS (1994), which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, The Wrestling (1996), The Nation's Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio 1 (1998), Mauve (2000), The Last Journey of William Huskisson, and three recent hugely successful books about the Mass Observation archives, Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War and Private Battles.

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PRAISE FOR "MAUVE""Garfield has surpassed himself with his new subject matter: "Mauve" elegantly relates the tale of Victorian chemist William Perkin who, in 1856, failed to make quinine from coal tar but discovered instead how to synthesize the colour purple. Fascinating stuff."--"Esquire""This engaging and airy history shows how the development of mauve, the first mass-produced artificial dye, ignited a 19th-century revolution . . . Garfield has inspired me to wear a bit of mauve this spring to honour this inventive man."--"The New York Times"

EAN: 9780571235278
ISBN: 0571235271
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 centimetres (0.15 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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