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Garfield, Simon

Overview
Works: 89 works in 391 publications in 10 languages and 11,331 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Biography  Trivia and miscellanea  Maps  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Handbooks and manuals  Diaries  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator
Classifications: Z250, 686.221
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Simon Garfield
 
Most widely held works by Simon Garfield
Just my type : a book about fonts by Simon Garfield( Book )

27 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 2,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product that we buy. But where do fonts come from and why do we need so many? Who is behind the businesslike subtlety of Times New Roman, the cool detachment of Arial, or the maddening lightness of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)? Simon Garfield embarks on a mission to answer these questions and more, and reveal what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world. Type faces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago, when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type. Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Garfield unravels our age old obsession with the way our words look. This book investigates a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seemingly ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and what makes a font look presidential, male or female, American, British, German, or Jewish. From the typeface of Beatlemania to the graphic vision of the Obama campaign, fonts can signal a musical revolution or the rise of an American president. This book is a must-read for the design conscious that will forever change the way you look at the printed word. -- Book Jacket
On the map : a mind-expanding exploration of the way the world looks by Simon Garfield( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history, and shares engaging cartography stories and map lore
Mauve : how one man invented a color that changed the world by Simon Garfield( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of how a British chemist William perkin accidentally disocvered an oily sludge that turned silk a light purple. His discovery revolutionized Victorian fashion and sparked a great surge in the industrial applications of chemistry
Timekeepers by Simon Garfield( Book )

25 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be dominated by something so arbitrary? The compelling stories in this book explore our obsessions with time. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A moment of war is frozen forever. The timetable arrives by steam train. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister becomes stuck in the same four minutes forever. A British watchmaker competes with mighty Switzerland. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks. Timekeepers is a vivid exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the last 250 years, narrated in Simon Garfield's typically inventive and entertaining style. As managing time becomes one of the greatest challenges we face in our lives, this multi-layered history helps us understand it in a sparkling new light."--Dust jacket flap
To the letter : a celebration of the lost art of letter writing by Simon Garfield( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ode to the dwindling art of letter writing explores its potential salvation in the digital age, chronicling the history of letter writing as reflected by love letters, chain mail, and business correspondence, while surveying the role that letters have played as literary devices
On the map : why the world looks the way it does by Simon Garfield( Book )

47 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Mappa Mundi to Myst - the bestselling "Just My Type" author turns his gaze to maps. Maps have the most amazing stories - and Simon Garfield is the perfect author to tell them. This is a book that will inspire mapophiles but engage even those of us who stare blankly at an OS pathfinder's hieroglyphs. Just as Garfield found the magic in fonts, here he creates compelling narratives on everything from the challenge of mapping the oceans tospellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Churchill's crucial war maps to the lay-out of a Monopoly board, from crime maps to music maps, from rare map dealers to cartographic frauds. En route, there are 'map-break' tales on Michelin and railway maps, how to fold a map maps of places that never existed, a London A-Z from 1677 and the weirdness of videogame mapping. "On The Map" will explain where we've been, how we got there and where we're going
Mauve : how one man invented a colour that changed the world by Simon Garfield( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MAUVE is the story of a man who accidentally invented a color, and in the process transformed the world around him. Before 1856, the color in our lives--the reds, blues, and blacks of clothing, paint, print--came from insects or mollusks, roots or leaves, and dyeing was painstaking and expensive. But in 1856 eighteeen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color in a factory. Working on a treament for malaria in his London home laboratory, Perkin found mauve by chance. His experiments failed to result in artificial quinine as he had hoped, but produced instead a dark oily sludge that happened to turn silk a beautiful light purple
We are at war : the diaries of five ordinary people in extraordinary times by Simon Garfield( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stories of: Pam Ashford, a secretary at a shipping company; Christoper Tomlin, a salesman in Preston; Tilly Rice, who moves her children to Cornwall but returns to her home in Surrey just as the bombs start to fall; Eileen Pottder, a London social worker; Maggie Joy Blunt, a writer. Beginning in August 1939, and ending a year later with the Battle of Britain and the start of the Blitz
Just my type : eats, shoots and leaves - for fonts by Simon Garfield( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Achtergrondverhalen bij bekende lettertypen
Just my type : a book about fonts by Simon Garfield( )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks, "What does your favorite font say about you?"
Money for nothing : greed and exploitation in the music industry by Simon Garfield( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the letter : a journey through a vanishing world by Simon Garfield( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'To the Letter' tells the story of our remarkable journey through the mail. From Roman wood chips discovered near Hadrian's Wall to the wonders and terrors of email, Simon Garfield explores how we have written to each other over the centuries and what our letters reveal about our lives. Along the way he delves into the great correspondences of our time, from Cicero and Petrarch to Jane Austen and Ted Hughes, and traces the very particular advice offered by bestselling letter-writing manuals. He uncovers a host of engaging stories, including the tricky history of the opening greeting
Private battles : how the war almost defeated us by Simon Garfield( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combines the diaries of four ordinary people - Maggie Joy Blunt, Pam Ashford, Edward Stebbing, and Ernest Van Someren - as they struggle to cope with the day-to-day reality of life during the Second World War. This is the true story of how the ordinary people of Britain won the Second World War
Our hidden lives : the everyday diaries of a forgotten Britain, 1945-1948 by Simon Garfield( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1936 the Mass Observation Project was set up. The idea was that ordinary people would record, in diary form, what happened in their everyday lives. Simon Garfield has woven a tapestry of diary entries, focusing mainly on six characters, in the period from 1945 to 1950. The result is moving, intriguing, funny and at times heart-breaking
My dear Bessie : a love story in letters by Chris Barker( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty hours have gone since I last wrote. I have been thinking of you. I shall think of you until I post this, and until you get it. Can you feel, as you read these words, that I am thinking of you now; aglow, alive, alert at the thought that you are in the same world, and by some strange chance loving me. In September 1943, Chris Barker was serving as a signalman in North Africa when he decided to brighten the long days of war by writing to old friends. One of these was Bessie Moore, a former work colleague. The unexpected warmth of Bessie's reply changed their lives forever. Crossing continents and years, their funny, affectionate and intensely personal letters are a remarkable portrait of a love played out against the backdrop of the Second World War. Above all, their story is a stirring example of the power of letters to transform ordinary lives
The last journey of William Huskisson by Simon Garfield( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the greatest engineering feat of its age. George and Robert Stephenson's "Rocket" was to become the most famous locomotive in history. William Huskisson was one of the greatest statesmen of his generation. On 15th September 1830, the three met
A notable woman : the romantic journals of Jean Lucey Pratt by Jean Lucey Pratt( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Extraordinary. Timeless, funny and utterly absorbing' HILARY MANTEL In April 1925, Jean Lucey Pratt started a journal that she would keep for the rest of her life, producing over a million words in 45 exercise books. For sixty years, no one had an inkling of her diaries' existence, and they have remained unpublished until now. Jean wrote about anything that amused, inspired or troubled her, laying bare her life with aching honesty, infectious humour, indelicate gossip and heartrending hopefulness. She recorded her yearnings and disappointments in love. She documented the loss of a tennis match, her unpredictable driving, catty friends, devoted cats and difficult guests. With Jean we live through the tumult of the Second World War and the fears of a nation. We see Britain hurtling through a period of unbridled transformation and the shifting landscape for women in society. A unique slice of living, breathing British history, Jean's diaries are a revealing chronicle of life in the twentieth century
The end of innocence : Britain in the time of AIDS by Simon Garfield( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De geschiedenis van de aidsepidemie in Groot Brittannië, vanaf het eerste geval in 1959 (!) tot het juridische gevecht over het eigendomsrecht en copyright van het rode aidslintje
Our hidden lives : the remarkable diaries of post-war Britain by Simon Garfield( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1936 the Mass Observation Project was set up. The idea was that ordinary people would record, in diary form, what happened in their everyday lives. Simon Garfield has woven a tapestry of diary entries, focusing mainly on six characters, in the period from 1945 to 1950. The result is moving, intriguing, funny and at times heart-breaking
We are at war : the remarkable diaries of five ordinary people in extraordinary times by Simon Garfield( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'We Are At War' continues Garfield's successful formula of interweaving five ordinary lives from the Mass-Observation archive begun with 'Our Hidden Lives'. Beginning in the weeks before the war, and ending a year later with the Battle of Britain, the book tells the story of the war on the home front
 
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Just my type : a book about fonts
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Mauve : how one man invented a color that changed the worldMauve : how one man invented a colour that changed the worldWe are at war : the diaries of five ordinary people in extraordinary timesJust my type : eats, shoots and leaves - for fontsPrivate battles : how the war almost defeated usOur hidden lives : the everyday diaries of a forgotten Britain, 1945-1948The last journey of William HuskissonThe end of innocence : Britain in the time of AIDS
Alternative Names
Garfield, Simon 1960-

Simon Garfield britischer Journalist und Autor

Simon Garfield Brits kaarthistoricus

Simon Garfield journaliste britannique

Simon Garfield periodista británico

سایمن گارفیلد

가필드, 사이먼 1960-

ガーフィールド, サイモン

サイモン・ガーフィールド

賽門·加菲爾

Languages
English (197)

German (18)

Spanish (11)

Italian (7)

French (6)

Chinese (5)

Dutch (5)

Swedish (2)

Korean (1)

Czech (1)