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    • Just My Type

    • A Book About Fonts
    • By: Simon Garfield
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product that we buy. But where do they come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • No PDF included to show typefaces discussed

    • By Dan Acton on 12-11-11

    Regular price: $20.28

    • On the Map

    • By: Simon Garfield
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
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      4 out of 5 stars 45
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      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history. His compelling narratives range from the quest to create the perfect globe to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica, from spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Ordnance Survey to the mapping of Monopoly and Skyrim and from rare map dealers to cartographic frauds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you like maps & history, get this book!

    • By Jo on 02-23-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Our Hidden Lives

    • The Every Diaries of a Forgotten Britain
    • By: Simon Garfield
    • Narrated by: Amanda Carlton, Christopher Scott, Jeffrey Perry, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Abridged
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    In 1936 anthropologist Tom Harrison, poet and journalist Charles Madge and documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings set up the Mass Observation Project. The idea was simple: ordinary people would record, in diary form, the events of their everyday lives. An estimated one million pages eventually found their way to the archive - and it soon became clear this was more than anyone could digest. Today, the diaries are stored at the University of Sussex, where, remarkably, most remain unread.

    Regular price: $19.18

    • The Error World

    • An Affair with Stamps
    • By: Simon Garfield
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As a boy, Simon Garfield started collecting "errors" - rare stamps flawed by printing faults and absent colours. As an adult his childhood obsession became a full-blown mid-life crisis. This amusing but painfully revealing account of a passion he was once only able to admit to people he could really trust traces his fascination for these tiny print slip-ups from the simple pleasures of boyhood to an attempt to create order out of chaos and finally the gradual decline and break-up of his marriage.

    Regular price: $22.96

    • In Miniature

    • How Small Things Illuminate the World
    • By: Simon Garfield
    • Narrated by: Adrian Scarborough
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Miniature takes a big look at small things. It is a celebration of the obsessive, eccentric and meticulous and welcomes us into the world of collectors, modellers and fans. Simon Garfield is a master of finding delight and fascination in unlikely places, and here we discover flea circuses, 1,000 tiny Hitlers, miniature crime scenes, model villages and railways, minuscule food and a dozen more intricately examined pursuits. Each object considered plots the course of a new miniature byway and in unexpected ways lets us see our world in a whole new light.... 

    Regular price: $18.54