John Sutherland

Ha’p’orth of Tar


Every so often a book comes along that infuriates one not for the usual reason that it’s a bad book but because it’s a first-rate book marred for want of a ha’p’orth of tar. 

Such a book is The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: Volume VI, 1830–1914.

Ignoring, for the moment, its eligibility for the unsexiest title of the year, this is a volume whose contents publishing historians will regard as having near-Biblical authority. 

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