Brolliology: the history of umbrellas in all their ingenuity and weirdness

Marion Rankine writes that, in death, the brolly “is good for very little else”.

A few years ago, I was accosted at a bookshop event by a man with a familiar gleam in his eye. Like so many non-writers who keep abreast of other people’s book sales, he was sure he had conceived the perfect idea for a copycat bestseller. “You know how there are those books about commodities that changed the world, like cod and salt?” he said. “Well, no one’s done tortoises, have they?”

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source: New Statesman

2017-12-18 19:47
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