By Simon Garfield
From the Penny crimson to the Blue Mauritius, generations of creditors were attracted to the mystique of infrequent stamps. as soon as a common hobby of schoolboys, philately has more and more turn into the province of older males passionate about the smart funding, the once-in-a-lifetime locate, the only elusive attractiveness that may entire a set and fulfill an unquenchable thirst.
As a boy, Simon Garfield amassed errors—rare pigment misprints that create ghostly absences in sure stamps. Then, in his mid-forties, this ardour reignited—and it all started to devour him. within the span of a few years, he accrued a set of error worthy upwards of 40 thousand British kilos. yet as he was once pursuing this mystery ardour, he was once additionally pursuing a romantic one—while his marriage disintegrated.
during this detailed memoir, Simon Garfield twines the tale of his philatelic obsession with a good, engrossing exploration of the rarities and absences that either restrict and outline us. the outcome is a considerate, humorous, and engaging meditation at the impulse to possess.
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