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The history of the book, from Gilgamesh to now – books podcast

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This week, Richard Lea sits down with Tom Mole, professor of English literature and book history at the University of Edinburgh and director of the Centre for the History of the Book. In his new work, The Secret Life of Books, Mole looks at books as physical objects and how the experience of reading has changed through time. Could modern technologies transform the ways we read our favourite stories? Can you claim to have read a book if you’ve only listened to the audio version of it?

We then explore the most ancient long poem known to exist, Gilgamesh, with the poet and publisher Michael Schmidt, whose latest book explores the history of its translation and publication.

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