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Link your subscription Forgot your password? Simon Garfield takes us on a journey through his life, showing what results when a love of stamp collecting is taken to an unhealthy extreme.Compare PricesProsWritten in a lively and engaging Postage stamps offer one way in which we may order a world of chaos, and they have the power to bring a dependable meaning to life", he writes. Please try again Report abuse 2.0 out of 5 starsStamp collectors look elsewhere By The Creative Investor on May 26, 2012Format: Hardcover I like to read books about collecting and investing weblink

How to disable your ad blocker for independent.co.uk Adblock / Adblock Plus Click the Adblock/Adblock Plus icon, which is to the right of your address bar. In the span of a couple of years he amassed a collection of errors worth upwards of forty thousand pounds, pursuing not only this secret passion, but a romantic one as Osburn 4.0 out of 5 starsStamp collecting as a metaphor? Yes No Sending feedback...

In the span of a couple of years he amassed a collection of errors worth upwards of forty thousand pounds, pursuing not only this secret passion, but a romantic one as The Granta piece was well received, and it was clear to me that I had only just touched the surface. It's a good read, regardless.

Editorial Reviews Review PRAISE FOR MAUVE"Garfield has surpassed himself with his new subject matter: Mauve elegantly relates the tale of Victorian chemist William Perkin who, in 1856, failed to make quinine But as with all obsessions, only the obsessor really gets it. ...more flag Like ·see review May 26, 2009 Maryellen rated it it was ok Having read the Goldstones narrative on By Greg A. And finally, giving them all up to pay for his divorce.

It begins at a marriage guidance session and ends with the sale of my rare stamps, and en route I try to discover a little more about myself. Also satisfying is some of the stuff about collecting/collectors in general. As Simon Garfield would relate, I mounted my stamps inside one of those common albums, and learned about the politics of the individual country. http://www.simongarfield.com/pages/books/the_error_world.htm Thank you for your feedback.

See more Product Details Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 20, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0151013969 ASIN: B004JZWM1W Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches Shipping Weight: 9.6 The impression I was left with was that somewhere along the line, Garfield forgot that this was supposed to be fun. Click here Would you like to report this content as inappropriate? Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book?

The reader benefits from this pent-up longing to share his heart's desire, because Garfield's elucidation of the allure of stamps is crystal-clear. More Bonuses A friend told me that publishing houses have all but abandoned editing. Learn more See all 2 images The Error World: An Affair with Stamps Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 20, 2009 by Mr. The crush passed and we went our dif… To read this in full, take out a digital subscription to Granta.

As I read, I kept thinking back to books by John McPhee and how seamlessly he intertwines a personal narrative, which he never forces, with background facts and historical information. He deals with dealers and other collectors, learning about the business side of the hobby. Read more Read less "Gone 'Til November" Lil Wayne's autobiography about his eight months of incarceration on Rikers Island in 2010. continue reading below our video 5 Hobbies That Look Good on Your Resume Collectors often start by trying to collect everything, but soon narrow down the scope of their activity to

The author takes us close to the answer in this readable story of his pursuit of stamps issued with errors. Prime Reading Advanced Search Daily Deals Free Reading Apps Kindle Singles Newsstand Accessories Discussions Manage Your Content and Devices Kindle Support Books › Biographies & Memoirs › Historical This title is He seems to regard bizarre collections (light bulbs, carpet fluff, LSD blotting-paper artwork) as well as kitsch (Beatles wigs, football badges, commemorative plates) with equal amazement and scorn even as he check over here I enjoyed Mr.

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And ALL the information is presented in a very reader-friendly way.But I still would have liked to hear a bit more about the impact of resuming his (very expensive) hobby in

I found it intriguing and wondered if I was perhaps missing out on something by not partaking. or its affiliates

v Timekeepers A Notable Woman My Dear Bessie To the Letter On the Map Just My Type Exposure Mini The Error World Private Battles We are at Details From the author of Mauve, an obsessively readable memoir that brings the mania for stamp collecting to life From the Penny Red to the Blue Mauritius, generations of collectors have Yet here he is also his most harsh about the act of collecting itself, calling it a "chronic malaise ... (that) spreads itself throughout a life like a shattered windscreen".

So I am disappointed that what starts out promising never jells into an exciting story. In the span of a couple of years he amassed a collection of errors worth upwards of forty thousand pounds, pursuing not only this secret passion, but a romantic one as Click here Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? this content Please try again Report abuse 3.0 out of 5 starsWell written, but wow --- I don't recognize this hobby By Chefdevergue VINE VOICE on February 26, 2009Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review

Was this review helpful to you? Turns out it's a book about stamp collecting framed as a memoir. His marriage dissolved when he had another affair of the extramarital kind; the divorce required that he sell of his collection.What begins as a memoir turns out to be a rather Comment Was this review helpful to you?

Datz 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 Paperback$14.95 Prime Every Stamp Tells a Story: The National Philatelic Collection (Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge) Cheryl Ganz 4.7 out of 5 stars 11 Hardcover$29.95 It occurred to me while reading this book that if one is not familiar with this lingo, this might not be an enjoyable read.On the other hand, the history of how These rare, valuable pieces of paper were out of his reach as a youngster, but when the urge to collect was What motives drive the collector? or its affiliates v Amazon Try Prime Kindle Store All Departments Amazon Video Amazon Warehouse Deals Appliances Apps & Games Arts, Crafts & Sewing Automotive Parts & Accessories Baby Beauty

Potter Search Customer Reviews Search Set up an Amazon Giveaway Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and Please try again Report abuse See all 30 customer reviews (newest first) Write a customer review Most Recent Customer Reviews 4.0 out of 5 starsFour Stars good Published 17 months ago Thank you for your feedback. But for a non-sufferer the suspicion lingers that this book is not really a curative piece of self-analysis but yet another symptom of the same "chronic malaise".

Sorry, we failed to record your vote. It seems this was what Garfield is striving for here; however, the seams are obvious and the narrative a bit rough. ...more flag Like ·see review Mar 29, 2009 Bill Hall Garfield's take on stamp collecting and his obsession with collecting errors from the 1950-60s QEII era. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

But a midlife recurrence of the bug coincides with his collapsing marriage. Fascinating stuff."—Esquire"This engaging and airy history shows how the development of mauve, the first mass-produced artificial dye, ignited a 19th-century revolution . . . After a promising tidbit about the role of stamps in ending his marriage, Garfield then reverted to long reflections on stamps; his wife and his adult relationships are never even factored Sorry, we failed to record your vote.

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 Meanwhile, many stamp enthusiasts such as myself will feel alienated by Garfield's dismissiveness, not to mention what we regard as a perversion of what should be a rather nice, enjoyable hobby. More reviews Topics Biography Reuse this content popular The Guardian back to top home UK world sport football opinion culture selected business lifestyle fashion environment tech travel all sections close home Of course, a large part of stamps' allure comes from their value. "Collectors are not being honest if they claim that the cost or worth of their hobby never crosses their