Frank Furedi on the power of books, selfhood and Werther Fever.
Tim Black, books and essays editor, SPIKED, 16 Dec. 2015
A book opens the door to a new world. It allows us to reimagine our circumstances, to test our personality and our ideas. It makes us who we are, a self that continually develops and gains definition though reading.’
Frank Furedi, academic, writer and regular spiked contributor, is talking about his new book Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter, a fascinating, often revelatory account of the meaning and significance ascribed to reading and writing down the centuries. One thing that soon becomes clear in Power of Reading is that Furedi’s humanist love of letters has, for most of history, been the exception rather than the rule.