Our love affair with books goes far beyond the written word and, during this conversation, Emma Smith, author of Portable: Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers, will show you just how deep this fascination is.

Casting themes of nostalgic comfort and literary escapism aside, Smith instead dissects the unique way books have disrupted, disordered and shaped readers throughout history.

By guiding us through pivotal moments and unpacking the key elements that make up a book’s ‘bookhood’, she’ll show us how these uniquely transportive objects have had an unlikely and unpredictable impact on readers, nations and cultures.

About The Author

Emma Smith