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Leith on life: literary time machines

There is no room that isn’t improved both morally and decoratively by being entirely lined with bookshelves

By Sam Leith   February 2015

Old books in the library of Strahov, Prague. © Moyan Brenn

“They do furnish a—”

“Don’t say it!”

“But they do!” My wife, who is keen for me to declutter my shelves, has by now become heartily sick of me quoting Anthony Powell at her. Every marriage contains asymmetries of the Jack Sprat sort: ours is that I believe there is no room that isn’t improved both morally and decoratively by being entirely lined with bookshelves. My wife thinks that…

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