Books by Martyn Lyons
A Living History

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From the first scribbling on papyrus to the emergence of the e-book, this wide-ranging overview of the history of the book provides a fascinating look at one of the most efficient, versatile, and enduring technologies ever developed. The author traces the evolution of the book from the rarefied world of the hand-copied and illuminated volume in ancient and medieval times, through the revolutionary impact of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, to the rise of a publishing culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the subsequent impact of new technologies on this culture.  

Many of the great individual titles of the past two millennia are discussed as well as the range of book types and formats that have emerged in the last few hundred years, from serial and dime novels to paperbacks, children’s books, and Japanese manga. The volume ends with a discussion of the digital revolution in book production and distribution and the ramifications for book lovers, who can’t help but wonder whether the book will thrive—or even survive—in a form they recognize. 
 

About Martyn Lyons

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Martyn Lyons is professor of history at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and the author of A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Reading Culture and Writing Practices in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Toronto Press, 2008).
 
Published October 1, 2011 by Thames & Hudson. 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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In this new novel, Mickey Mantle looks back on his life from heaven.

May 20 2007 | Read Full Review of Books: A Living History

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The great Arabic philosophers such as Ibn Sina in Iran (known in Latin Europe as Avicenna, who died in 1037) and Ibn Rushd in Spain (Averroes, who died in 1198) found ways of inserting Aristotelian natural philosophy and Ptolemaic cosmology into a scriptural monotheism, which was precisely what t...

Feb 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Books: A Living History

Publishers Weekly

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In this sumptuously illustrated history of the book, Lyons (Ordinary Writing, Personal Narratives) covers a millennia of changes, from ancient Mesopotamian carvings to Gutenberg’s innovations in printing, through the computer age and the advent of the Internet and e-readers.

Sep 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Books: A Living History

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The story opens during a diving salvage operation with experienced divers and treasure hunters Sam Lyons and Chase Cohen.

Nov 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Books: A Living History

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At one end we have yellow fat, which is fat cells at their most unhealthy, and at the other end we have brown fat cells which are fat cells at their healthiest.

Nov 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Books: A Living History

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When Elisabeth herself receives a threatening message AJ decides to convince Elizabeth to take on whatever case her father was tracking and, with AJ’s help, get to the bottom of the emerging mystery.

Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Books: A Living History

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Vin and the Dorky Duet is a middle grade adventure novella like no other I have read for a long time.

Aug 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Books: A Living History

The Boston Globe

According to Jonathan Lyons, author of “Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism’’, an ossified, immutable “anti-Islam discourse’’ has been propagated over the centuries by a diverse relay team of elite opinion-makers whose most obvious manifestation has become the se...

Jan 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Books: A Living History

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