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Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In

Henry Eliot Quibe



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Particular Books
02 April 2018
Puzzles & quizzes
As a rule, we take care not to get lost, so why should we willingly enter a maze? Illustrated with a single red line, Follow This Thread examines dozens of real and historical mazes, and their uses in literature, art and film, from Pac-Man and Picasso to Kubrick and Kafka.

Henry Eliot traces the history of our ancient relationship with mazes and labyrinths, and unpicks the paradoxical psychology involved in walking them, combining the myth of the Minotaur and a quest for the legendary Maze King, who disappeared in 1979. The text coils around the pages, recreating the experience of walking a labyrinth- at the 'centre' the reader physically turns the book upside-down and continues reading backwards.
By:   Henry Eliot
Illustrated by:   Quibe
Imprint:   Particular Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 205mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   456g
ISBN:   9781846149313
ISBN 10:   1846149312
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   02 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Henry Eliot grew up playing in the turf mizmaze on St Catherine's Hill above Winchester. He has led literary guided walks around London and is the co-author, with Matt Lloyd-Rose, of Curiocity- In Pursuit of London (2016), which the TLS called the literary equivalent of Sir John Soane's Museum.

Reviews for Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In

The illustrations encourage the reader to follow a single red line as it surges and zigzags from page to page, sometimes making us read upside down or back to front. It turns reading into a game in which the book is both a puzzle and its own solution, and the results are variously enticing, frustrating and addictive - not unlike a real maze * Guardian * Beautifully immaculate degree zero prose . . . a coherent and exhilarating experience -- Greg Bright, the 'Maze King' real labyrinthine fun ... a remarkable feat of creativity * Bookseller * A hypnotising and strangely physical experience. Uniquely magical, each page offers new delights. Many books are described as 'journeys' but Follow This Thread really is one. -- Alan Connor, author of Two Girls, One on Each Knee Genuinely odd . . . you'll want to buy copies for all your friends * Spectator * Eliot's book darts with a nimble wit, sentences arcing from one page to the next so you must turn the entire thing as you read, an experience I had not had since the labyrinths of Mark Z Danielewski's novel House of Leaves. Ariadne's red thread runs throughout, a sinuous scribble forming mazes, but also minotaurs and Mephistopheles and Lara Croft. * New Statesman * Delightful, ingenious and beautifully designed -- Philip Pullman

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