THE PLEASURE OF READING.

London: Bloomsbury, (1992). 40 illustrators. First edition. Hardcover. 4to. Signed by Antonia Frasier on the title page and also signed by the Chairman of W.H. Smith, Sir Simon Hornby. Additionally signed, "with best wishes, A S Byatt October 22nd 1992" on page 127 at A.S. Byatt's contribution. Published to celebrate the bicentenary of W. H. Smith, Fraser has brought together forty leading writers, each to reveal their own literary loves. Their ages range over fifty-three years; from Catherine Cookson born in 1906 to Jeanette Winterson born in 1959. Accompanyinig each of the pieces, which are by turns moving, funny and exhilarating, are specially commissioned illustrations by forty illustrators. The writers and illustrators are; Catherine Cookson and Kim Marsland, Stephen Spender and Benoit Jacques, Michael Foot and Peter Till, Patrick Leigh Fermor and Janel Woolley, Doris Lessing and Frances Tee, Brian Moore and David Holmes, Robert Burchfield and Debbie Lush, Judith Kerr and Irene von Treskow, John Mortimer and Andrew Kulman, John Fowles and Richard Parent, Jan Morris and Leo Duff, Philip Ziegler and Elizabeth Harbour, J.G. Ballard and Ian Pollock, Ruth Rendell and Andrew Mockett, Edna O'Brien and Liz Pyle, John Carey and Jeff Fisher, Jane Gardam and Andrew Davidson, Ronald Harwood and Dennis Leigh, A.S. Byatt and Jane Human, Simon Gray and Christopher Brown, Roger McGough and Paul Leith, Emma Tennant and Pui Yee Lau, Tom Stoppard and Brian Cairns, Margaret Atwood and Karen Ludlow, Germaine Greer and Katie Lester, Melvyn Bragg and Zafer Baren, Gita Mehta and Chris Corr, Buchi Emecheta and Clifford Harper, Sally Beauman and Rosemary Woods, Wendy Cope and Chloe Cheese, Sue Townsend and Toby Morrison, Hermione Lee and Jean-Christian Knaff, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Dan Fern, Joan Smith and Carolyn Gowdy, Alan Hollinghurst and Dovrat Ben-Nagum, Carol Ann Duffy and Louise Brierly, Paul Sayer and Andrzej Dudzinski, Candia McWilliam and Griselda Holderness, Rana Kabbani and Marion Deuchars, and last but not least, Jeanette Winterson and Ashley Potter. Bound in black cloth with bold gilt lettering. 252 pages with index. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Item #14285
ISBN: 0747508135

Price: $125.00

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