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Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of non-fiction including On the Map, Just My Type and The Wrestling. His edited diaries from the Mass Observation Archive, Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War and Private Battles, were bestsellers, and his study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. He lives in London and St Ives, Cornwall.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Simon Garfield

To the Letter A Journey Through a Vanishing World by Simon Garfield
To the Letter A Journey Through a Vanishing World
Simon Garfield
From desperate Roman Soldiers pleading for warm socks to ordering the shopping on line via love letters, greetings, thank you letters and literary outpourings. A wonderful ramble through the art of written communication over the centuries from those first cold...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does by Simon Garfield
On the Map Why the World Looks the Way it Does
Simon Garfield
Simon Garfield excels in getting a quart into a pint pot, cramming the history of maps into a very readable one volume history. From picturing the universe to the London Underground, from the map’s role in exploration and politics, in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
On the Map by Simon Garfield
On the Map
Simon Garfield
Packed with interesting facts, written in an incredibly accessible style this book is simply amazing. From early attempts to map the world, where strangely East was at the top of some maps (hence the term Orient yourself), to a map...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2012
Just My Type : A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
Just My Type : A Book About Fonts
Simon Garfield
This morning I reached the end of Just My Type, I sighed and put the book down, wishing it had been a lot longer and I hadn’t read it so quickly. Fonts, can I hear you asking, what’s interesting about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2011
Mini: The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motor Car by Simon Garfield
Mini: The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motor Car
Simon Garfield
How do you make an object that changes the way people think about travel, a small metal box that inspires huge devotion in those who own it, a car that continues to make headlines fifty years after its launch? This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2010
We are at War The Diaries of Five Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times by Simon Garfield
We are at War The Diaries of Five Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
Simon Garfield
The diaries of five people during the Second World War, an unmarried secretary, a mother with evacuated children, a social worker, a salesman and a writer. It illustrates the very human side and in many ways a very ordinary side...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2006
We Are at War by Simon Garfield
We Are at War
Simon Garfield
The diaries of five people during the Second World War, an unmarried secretary, a mother with evacuated children, a social worker, a salesman and a writer. It illustrates the very human side and in many ways a very ordinary side...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2005
Our Hidden Lives by Simon Garfield
Our Hidden Lives
Simon Garfield
The diaries of five ordinary people during the period of 1945 to 1948, originally collected for the Mass Observation Project, which, with literally thousands of others, have been stored, mostly unread, in the University of Sussex. What can I say...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2005

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