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Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums
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Maggie Fergusson
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Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums

Maggie Fergusson



Literary essays;
Museums & museology;


240 pages

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Who doesn't love a good museum? Whether grand and impressive, or irreverent and amusing, museums are places to lose - and find - ourselves, palaces of the imagination. And they have long been sources of inspiration to the most creative among us.

Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. The result is a fascinating look into the world of literature and museums, where Margaret Drabble, John Burnside, Claire Messud and Michael Morpurgo open the doors to their favourite places and invite us inside.

Explore the Villa San Michele on the sunny island of Capri with Ali Smith, as she delves into the life of its eccentric founder. Step off the busy roads of Paris with Jacqueline Wilson, as she dives into the uncanny world of the Musee de la Poupee. Discover an Egyptian temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, and the mystery of Sibelius's silence in Helsinki with Julian Barnes.

Travelling all over the world, from London to New York, Zagreb to Karachi, and exploring a range of museums, from the ABBA Museum to the Museum of Broken Relationships, the essays in this collection will leave you inspired, longing to revisit your favourite treasure palace or itching to find a new one to explore.

By:   Maggie Fergusson
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   414g
ISBN:   9781781256909
ISBN 10:   178125690X
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   December 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Maggie Fergusson was for many years the literary editor of The Economist's lifestyle magazine, Intelligent Life, and is author of two biographies, George Mackay Brown: The Life and Michael Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse.

A joy to read Guardian A remarkable collection of essays [with] a stellar cast-list ... the essays bring something personal and unexpected out of each. Spectator The best pieces in this book ... bring that intimate engagement with the past to vivid life. ... Pieces have you planning urgent pilgrimages Observer A collection of memories to dip into The Arts Desk These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing. Kirkus Reviews An entertaining and idiosyncratic tour of obscure museums that have inspired and challenged famous authors throughout their lives ... The collection takes an intimate look both at the writers and the museums themselves, providing deep insights into how artists connect with the world around them. Publishers Weekly With contributions from: Rory Stewart Tim Winton William Boyd Michael Morpurgo John Burnside Alan Hollinghurst Julian Barnes Allison Pearson Jacqueline Wilson Ali Smith Margaret Drabble Frank Cottrell Boyce Claire Messud Roddy Doyle -- and more

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