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UK £19.95
US $29.95
160 pages
160 colour illustrations
25.6 x 21.2 cm (10.25 x 8.5 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4698-6
Books Do Furnish a Room
Display, Organize, Store

Leslie Geddes-Brown

As all book lovers know, a collection of books affords not only access to endless pleasure and knowledge, but also, when skilfully deployed around the home, the opportunity to create a multitude of decorative impressions. These days, we might give much thought to an artful arrangement of books behind us in our home office during video meetings, and some companies even supply books in bulk to enhance the background of Zoom calls. In this beautifully illustrated guide – now published in paperback for the first time – the self-confessed bibliophile Leslie Geddes-Brown offers inspirational yet practical ideas about how to make the most of books in every room and forgotten nook of the house. In her introduction, Geddes-Brown emphasizes the versatility and lasting power of books, while subsequent chapters explore all the key aspects of their storage and display. ‘Living with Books’ shows how they can enhance the atmosphere of a home, making it a welcoming and memorable place. ‘Working with Books’ considers different ways of arranging essential reference books, from the library that is a paragon of order and logic to the seemingly chaotic piles of books an author might need constantly at their elbow or stacked about the floor. ‘Designing for Books’ explores stylish storage, shelving and lighting solutions, and provides tips on combining books with other objects to create effects that lift an interior out of the ordinary. Finally, ‘Making the Most of Books’ suggests ingenious ways in which to exploit to the full their enduringly irresistible appeal. Lavishly illustrated throughout with photographs featuring homes from around the world and with an annotated directory of suppliers and resources, this engaging guide will inspire all bibliophiles to get the best from their beloved books and transform any room into an alluring and magical place. 


A new paperback edition of this popular title, offering creative and stylish advice on the shelving and display of books in all parts of the home

Features stunning photography of a variety of homes worldwide

Includes a directory of suppliers of accessories for the care and storage of books, as well as other resources for bibliophiles


Also available in a hardback edition

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Author Profile

Leslie Geddes-Brown, former Deputy Editor of World of Interiors and Country Life magazines, was a leading writer on interior design, food and gardening. 

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