Thinking Inside the Box – Adrienne Raphael
Reader I am someone who does crosswords. I don’t do all crosswords . . . . I’m not sure that I ever even attempted to do one of Araucaria’s, but . . . give me the Guardian quick crossword or the Everyman in the Observer, or the Telegraph cryptic on a Saturday and I’ll have a stab at them all.
Raphael’s book is a love letter to the infinite joys and playful possibilities of language that crosswords throw up. Invented in 1913 when an editor of New York World was casting around for ideas of how to fill a column space in the Christmas edition it has since become a mainstay of newspapers. The book explores the literary history fo the crossword and some of the secrets of this, often infuriating, pastime.
Hardback. 286 pages.
15.7cm x 24.1cm x 2.6cm