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How not to judge a book

By Tom Chatfield  

A mini-trend struck me this morning on the train as I was perusing my latest travel-reading, Dan Hind’s excellent The Threat to Reason. To my horror, I realised that anyone casually glancing at me and my book across the carriage might think that I was reading something trashy. Witness the cover:

The Threat to Reason

The design is, of course, a witty parody of traditional pulp fiction jackets. But could someone glancing at me for less than a second really be expected to take this in? It was then that I thought back to my previous transit…

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