Few of us pause over the etymology of "foolscap" or that "symbol of equality and harmony", the HB pencil. James Ward does: "It's only a slight exaggeration to say that the history of stationery is the history of human civilisation." In Adventures in Stationery , he looks at the pioneers - Mr Biro, for example, and the forgotten genius who invented the perfect paper clip. He plots the rise of the Post-it note, ponders the mysteries of "shatterproof" rulers and notes, poignantly: "The sharpener literally gives the pencil its point in life, but kills it at the same time." Ward writes with a blend of wit, unhealthy obsession and pure love. Here is high-class pornography for the stationery enthusiast. Alexander Gilmour FT
From the author of the popular blog I Like Boring Things, this looks at stationery and explains how important it is to us. With telling details, peculiar facts, humour, hubris and curious stories to change the way readers think about stationery.
From Bronze Age India to a Surrey Stationers via pencil wars and accidental inventions: a hilarious insight into the familiar yet unexpectedly bizarre world of stationery.