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  • If you love books, you'll love Portable Magic

    Val McDermid
  • For many of us, books are the life we chose without thinking about it too much. Emma Smith's terrifically knowledgeable and thoughtful Portable Magic helps us understand every aspect of what our beloved books stand for. I for one am very grateful. What a delight this book is.

    Lynne Truss
  • Irresistibly fascinating

    John Carey
  • Praise for Emma Smith

  • Thought-provoking, fizzing with jokes ... Smith does it all with such a light touch you barely notice how much you're learning

    Colin Burrow, Guardian
  • Brilliantly approachable and entertaining ... anarchic, counterintuitive, critical ... perfect

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • Delightful ... beautifully judged, impeccably researched, yet wry and affectionate

    Jerry Brotton, Financial Times
  • Quirky, brilliant, bracing

    Daniel Swift, Spectator
  • Wildly entertaining ... This fascinating, slyly amusing book carries an undertow of personal affection for the curious, rectangular, multileaved objects with which we're so familiar

    Sunday Times
  • Fun, playful, learned and accessible... Smith is herself a magical writer

    BBC History Magazine

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