Books Are A Portable MagicBooks

I love books. I have loved books since I was a child. I adore everything about them. I love the feel of the pages on my fingertips. The sound of flicking through them. The texture of the print. It was the best present that my Mum could give me, until there was no more space in the bookcase. This love stayed with me until today. The difference is that I always find a space for yet another book.

 

I believe that something magical happens when you open a book and turn its pages, slowly and patiently, with anticipation of what you are going to discover next. It is like a ritual. You run your fingers against the covers and savour the moment before you reveal the mystery hiding in between them.

 

 

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

 

I like this place
and could willingly waste my time in it
Lenscapes Press

My love for books gradually evolved into a desire to turn some of my long-term projects into a book format.

 

That led me to starting my own publishing imprint Lenscapes Press, which allowed me to self-publish my first book, The Scenic Detours. Please see below for more details about the book, and the Lenscapes Press website to find out more about my publishing imprint and if you are interested, how to buy the book.

 

I hope this is just a beginning. There are plenty more projects in progress that I would like to eventually see printed and published.

 

The Scenic Detours

The Scenic Detours

88 pp / 245 x 205mm
Softcover
First Edition of 100
ISBN 978-1-7398397-0-3

Price: £10.00 + PP

Britain is often considered a synonym for chocolate-box villages and postcard-perfect views. The picturesque scenes printed on boxes of chocolates are the epitome of Britishness and are the attraction for many of us. I am not an exception. This is what brought me to this country in the first place. This green and pleasant land so much celebrated in literature and art. When I first saw the White Cliffs of Dover from the deck of a ferry from Calais, I was smitten. I fell in love before I even stepped ashore.

With years of exploring and walking many footpaths criss-crossing this beautiful country, I realised that not all the views are the idyllic paradise depicted in postcards and in the written word. But my love and passion for this country never faded away. On the contrary, it grew much deeper.

Because when you love a place you love it with all its flaws. Unconditionally. You find poetic beauty in all the hidden corners and ordinary views. They are an essential part of its character. They make it whole. This is what this book is about. The understated charm of the ordinary that I come across when walking through the British countryside. The opposite of the scenic tourist spots admired by many. It is about my journey of learning how to appreciate and love a place for what it is and for everything that it comes with, good or bad.

It is not what you look at that matters. It is what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

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