An Englishman's Commonplace Book
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- Published on 1st October 2020 -
There really is no better present than a really good Commonplace book.
This year Slightly Foxed have published Roger Hudson's commonplace book. He has been collecting the material for over 40 years and it contains a rich mix of often arresting facts, vivid descriptions, absurd observations and wise words. Sir Christopher Wren rubs shoulders with Eddie Izzard, Princess Margaret with Elizabeth I. And all organised under subject headings to help find that appropriate quote.
Above all it gives us a perspective on our own history via the voices of those who were living it, reminding us that the past was not a rehearsal for the present, that there is no substitute for the horse’s mouth. Altogether a book for the times and a perfect present for a thoughtful and humorous friend.