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In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate The World
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Simon Garfield
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In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate The World

Simon Garfield



Society & Social Sciences;
Material culture


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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.

It is a wide-ranging exploration of the history, psychology and fanaticism attached to working and playing in tiny worlds of our own making. We bring things down to size to understand and appreciate them. This book does the same.

By:   Simon Garfield
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 186mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   371g
ISBN:   9781786890771
ISBN 10:   1786890771
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Garfield is the author of a number of acclaimed books of non-fiction including A Notable Woman (as editor), To the Letter, On the Map, Just My Type and Mauve. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham Award.

A rare treat, convivial and smart and brimming with intrigue. Simon Garfield excavates the curiouser of small worlds where not all is as it seems - obscure and wondrous, a bit bonkers and totally fascinating, and just my cup of tea -- KEGGIE CAREW, author of Dadland Garfield's book is thrilling, touching and very, very funny -- NINA STIBBE Fashioned with as much love of, and relish for, the telling detail as many of the scaled-down creations it surveys, In Miniature finds Simon Garfield at both his wittiest and his most profound and philosophical. It is a book that puts the little things into the big picture, its perspective generous and its scope wide; you will never look at a doll house or model train quite the same again. Were I not an atheist I would proclaim him the god of small things -- TRAVIS ELBOROUGH Garfield is at his discursive best when he takes a semi-niche subject and shows you just how omnipresent it is . . . This is an intriguing look at the world, shrunk down * * The Skinny * * Praise for Simon Garfield: Beguiling . . . Garfield is like the schoolteacher who made the time fly, a one-man Blue Peter team for intelligent adults, a great British explainer * * Observer * * Digressive, gossipy, thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining * * Sunday Times * * A sort of museum between hard covers . . . As good as pop history gets * * Sunday Express * *

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