Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things

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From keys and handkerchiefs to sweets and rubber bands, the curious objects we surround ourselves with, though often seemingly mundane, have a magical quality.

Their surprising power to disturb, soothe, seduce or absorb give these quirky objects histories and meanings we rarely ponder. Yet we would be lost without them.

Take bags, for example. Why do most women carry handbags, while men rely on pockets? Why do so many houses have bags of bags? And why do we 'let the cat out the bag' or 'give someone the sack'? What significance do our bags hold for us?

In this highly imaginative and entertaining book, Steven Connor embarks on a historical, philosophical and linguistic journey that explores our relationships with the curious things with which we have a forgotten but daily intimacy.

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About the author

Steven Connor is Grace 2 Professor of English at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several academic books (on subjects ranging from the English novel to ventriloquism) and contributes regularly to print media and radio. This is his first general book. Profile published the hardback in 2011 [9781846682704].
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Publisher
Profile Books
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Published on
Jun 9, 2011
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781847652829
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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