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Sunshine: Why We Love the Sun

Robert Mighall



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John Murray Publishers Ltd
01 June 2009
Robert Mighall is hopelessly addicted to sunshine. He climbs ladders to catch the last rays of the descending sun and takes regular sun breaks during the working day, joining the smokers outside for his own furtive fix.

It explains how sunshine became a symbol of health, hope and freedom in the early 20th century, and why we have much to thank the nudists for. It explores why sunshine gives us pleasure, the rites and rituals of modern sun-worship, and how this love affair finds expression in the books we read, the films we watch, and the songs we hear every day.

Witty, romantic and absurdly obsessive, Sunshine illuminates something everybody loves, yet nobody has attempted to capture between two covers. It is also an open love letter to the most fickle mistress northern man ever served.
By:   Robert Mighall
Imprint:   John Murray Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   222g
ISBN:   9780719595202
ISBN 10:   0719595207
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 June 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Mighall was the editor of the Penguin Classics series (1997-2000), and before that a fellow in English at Merton College Oxford. He is currently a senior consultant and writer at a London design and branding agency, occasional journalist and inveterate sun-worshiper. He is the author of A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction (OUP, 1999), and has introduced and edited the Penguin Classics editions of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He lives in London, but wishes it was somewhere further South.

Reviews for Sunshine: Why We Love the Sun

'The perfect beach book' Independent 'Compulsive, utterly idiosyncratic, unmistakeably British ... essentially, this book is all feeling, radiating energy and nerves, with tantalising glimpses of Mighall's personal life' The Sunday Times 'With verve and vigour ... quirky, chatty and informative' Daily Mail '(Mighall) traces the enduring association between sunshine and happiness ... much that is interesting' Metro 'If you love sunshine this is the tonic for you. Just make sure you slap on plenty of Factor 25' Unite Magazine 'Charming' Sunday Business Post 'An idiosyncratic hymn to sunshine' Bookseller

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