Review: Imagination and a Pile of Junk: A Droll History of Inventors and Inventions – Trevor Norton.

Imagination and a Pile of Junk is a little history of inventions. At a glance, it reminded me of Adventures in Stationery , but less stationery-focussed (though it does have its own section) and more broadly encompassing the entire world’s history of invention. In 300 or so pages, that’s somewhat impressive.

Personal favourite section is Science Fictions?, and overall it is an interesting little book and you do learn a lot of fun tidbits. I just think it lacked the kind of rapport throughout that came from Adventures in Stationery; it was there at times but not consistently. This book was interesting, but at times a little too here’s a fact, there’s a fact, joined together by a loose thread.

Having said that, it is a book that will be recommended to several people and loaned out. I know a lot of people who will enjoy these little nuggets of information, and it is a very good book content-wise. If you like things like inventions, history, odd little facts, it’s definitely a book for you.

[★★★]
4th June 2015 | Coronet
@heathermmcd

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