Libraries are filled with magic. From the Bodleian, the Folger and the Smithsonian to the fabled libraries of Middle-earth, Umberto Eco’s medieval library labyrinth and libraries dreamed up by John Donne and Jorge Luis Borges, Stuart Kells explores the bookish places that continue to capture our imaginations. In The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders, one of Australia’s leading bibliophiles celebrates the beauty and wonder of libraries and how books can reveal the deeply personal nature of these hallowed spaces.

Stuart Kells (Australian)

Kells, Stuart c Sarah Walker.jpg

Stuart Kells is an author and book-trade historian. His 2015 book, Penguin and the Lane Brothers, won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. An authority on rare books, he has written and published on many aspects of print culture and the book world. His next book, about Shakespeare’s library, will be published in 2018. His most recent book is The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders.