rom keys and handkerchiefs to sweets and

        rubber bands, the curious objects we surround ourselves with, though often seemingly mundane, have a magical quality.


Their surprising power to disturb, soothe, seduce or absorb give these quirky objects histories and meanings we rarely ponder. Yet we would be lost without them.


Take bags, for example. Why do most women carry handbags, while men rely on pockets? Why do so many houses have bags of bags? And why do we 'let the cat out the bag' or 'give someone the sack'? What significance do our bags hold for us?


In this highly imaginative and entertaining book, Steven Connor embarks on a historical, philosophical and linguistic journey that explores our relationships with the curious things with which we have a forgotten but daily intimacy.





        teven Connor is a Grace 2 Professor of

        English in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge.


His most recent books are Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things (London: Profile, 2011), A Philosophy of Sport (London: Reaktion, 2011), Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations (London: Reaktion 2014) and Beckett, Modernism and the Material Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things published by Profile Books.

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