A delightful and illuminating exploration of the human instinct to make things small, from the bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map
A delightful, entertaining and illuminating investigation into our peculiar fascination with making things small, and what small things tell us about the world at large.
Simon Garfield reveals the secret histories of tiny Eiffel Towers, the truth about the flea circus, a doll’s house made for a Queen, eerie tableaux of crime scenes, miniature food, model villages and railways, and more.
Bringing together history, psychology, art and obsession, Garfield explores what fuels the strong appeal of miniature objects, and how controlling a tiny scaled-down world can give new perspectives, restore our sense of order in uncertain times, and, in unexpected ways, let us see our world in a whole new light.
In Miniature takes a big look at small things and teaches us that there is greatness in the diminutive.
“A rare treat, convivial and smart and brimming with intrigue. Simon Garfield excavates the curiouser of small worlds where not all is as it seems - obscure and wondrous, a bit bonkers and totally fascinating, and just my cup of tea”
Keggie Carew, Author Of Dadland
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“Garfield’s book is thrilling, touching and very, very funny”
“Fashioned with as much love of, and relish for, the telling detail as many of the scaled-down creations it surveys, In Miniature finds Simon Garfield at both his wittiest and his most profound and philosophical. It is a book that puts the little things into the big picture, its perspective generous and its scope wide; you will never look at a doll house or model train quite the same again. Were I not an atheist I would proclaim him the god of small things”
“Garfield is at his discursive best when he takes a semi-niche subject and shows you just how omnipresent it is … This is an intriguing look at the world, shrunk down”
”Praise for Simon Garfield: Beguiling … Garfield is like the schoolteacher who made the time fly, a one-man Blue Peter team for intelligent adults, a great British explainer”
Simon Garfield is the author of a number of acclaimed books of non-fiction including A Notable Woman (as editor), To the Letter, On the Map, Just My Type and Mauve. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham Award. simongarfield.com