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Treasure Palaces

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From Julian Barnes to Ali Smith, great writers give us personal tours of the museums they treasure

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Maggie Fergusson is the editor of the Economist's lifestyle magazine, Intelligent Life, and author of two biographies, George Mackay Brown: The Life and Michael Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse.


A joy to read * Guardian * A remarkable collection of essays [with] a stellar cast-list ... the essays bring something personal and unexpected out of each. * Spectator * The best pieces in this book ... bring that intimate engagement with the past to vivid life. ... Pieces have you planning urgent pilgrimages * Observer * A collection of memories to dip into * The Arts Desk * These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing. * Kirkus Reviews * An entertaining and idiosyncratic tour of obscure museums that have inspired and challenged famous authors throughout their lives ... The collection takes an intimate look both at the writers and the museums themselves, providing deep insights into how artists connect with the world around them. * Publishers Weekly * [Reading this is] a coping strategy for the events of 2016 ... a beautifully produced book with illustrations by Steve Panton * Guardian Readers' BOTY 2016 * With contributions from: Rory Stewart Tim Winton William Boyd Michael Morpurgo John Burnside Alan Hollinghurst Julian Barnes Allison Pearson Jacqueline Wilson Ali Smith Margaret Drabble Frank Cottrell Boyce Claire Messud Roddy Doyle -- and more

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