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An Everywhere: a little book about reading, Heather Reyes, Oxygen Books
An Everywhere: a little book about reading
ISBN: 9780992636401 Paperback Original $11.05, e-book Published 10 April 2014
During several months of treatment for a serious illness, writer and publisher Heather Reyes decides to turn a necessary evil into an opportunity:
An Everywhere: a little book about reading is a quietly passionate and witty defence of the joys and consolations of reading in both the difficult and day-to-day aspects of our lives.
Here is a brilliantly original and inspiring book about reading that shows how our everyday simple acts of reading and writing can, literally, make of our lives an Everywhere.
Heather Reyes is the editor of Oxygen Books' acclaimed city-pick series of urban travel guides and the author of Zade, longlisted for the Prince Maurice Prize with Zadie Smith and Joanna Briscoe. Her new novel, Miranda Road, is published in May 2014. An Everywhere is a Bookseller Buyers' Guide Spring 2014 Highlight of the Season.
'It is such a truthful book, honest about panic and anguish, and fascinating about what happens when the panic ebbs and the reader continues' Helen Dunmore
'This is a gem of a book, one to read and re-read and to carry around like a bible - not just a guide to great literature but as a reminder that reading is the highest form of religion ... An Everywhere is part good-read guide, part travel guide, part memoir. Reyes writes with the imagination and skill of the writer, the heart of a reader, the forbearance and wisdom of the patient and the expertise of the well-travelled.' Cheryl Moskowitz
'While receiving cancer treatment, Reyes - novelist and editor of Oxygen Books' excellent City-Pick series - turned the enforced layoff into an opportunity and read widely and capriciously. The result is this engaging and heartfelt meditation on the joy and consolations of reading in our daily lives. Helen Dunmore has appropriately dubbed it "a brilliant travel guide to the city of books", and I lapped it up. Reyes' new novel, Miranda Road is published next month.' Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller, Editor's Non-Fiction Pick for April.
A period of serious illness brought writer and publisher Heather Reyes back to reading. She hadn’t found time to read seriously for years but now she returned to it with renewed enthusiasm. Her new situation gave her the time and space for reading. Instead of feeling trapped by her illness, she began to experience a new sense of freedom. She began to relish the opportunity to read whatever she wanted. Her passion for books was unquenchable and in An Everywhere: A Little Book About Reading she documents her experiences.
Reframing her illness as an opportunity, Reyes begins to read as a form of escape and because, as a book-lover, it was her natural impulse. In this resulting book, she explores the value of books in our everyday lives as well as in times of crisis. She views this as a form of ‘bibliotherapy’;
Reyes is also the editor of a series of urban travel anthologies. In this book, she views reading as a form of travel and approaches it with the same enthusiasm as exploring an unfamiliar city. She blends travel writing and memoir with a celebration of books. Reading it evokes the feeling of browsing the shelves of a bookshop in a new city.
This is a delicate, passionate book. It is a memoir of a bibliophile and a celebration of books. Written in the context of serious illness, it explores the intrinsic value of reading for everyone. It offers a rare opportunity to delve into the mind of a passionate reader and it will renew your love of reading.
Amy Spencer, NAWE, National Association for Writers in Education.
For more information about the author and book please contact Malcolm Burgess, tel: +44 (0) 1277 263770, 07594490216 malcolm.burgess3@