Sunday, 23 August 2009

Book of the Week - Rick Gekoski, Outside of a Dog

Rick Gekoski is one of the world's top end bookdealers in modern fiction, specialising in signed, inscribed and association editions and original manuscripts. Outside of a Dog is described by him as a bibliomemoir, a partial autobiography constructed around the books which have had the greatest influence in his life. The title is from Groucho Marx: "Outside of a Dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Gekoski is an entertaining raconteur, and this book is a good summer read. His books may be too expensive for all but a tiny minority, but this volume will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in book collecting.

Outside of a Dog - Constable and Robinson, 2009

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