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Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Greg, Photography, Writing | 15 comments

Friday Photo 26: Books That Are Big

I like big books. Big, thick door-stoppers. Books that routinely push my carry-on luggage over the weight limit at airline check-in counters. Books like these.

Books That Are Big(c) Greg Pillhofer, 2010

I like small thin books too. To be honest, I like books of all sorts.

But earlier today, whilst looking for something in the bedside table, the size of some of the books both on it and in it struck me. I figured they’d make a good composition for todays’ Friday Photo, and so here they are.

The big books in the picture are:

  • Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (The Complete Trilogy Edition)
  • Terry Brooks – The Heritage of Shannara (The Complete Series)
  • Neal Stephenson – Anathem
  • Hunter S. Thompson – The Gonzo Papers Anthology
  • Rosemary Jarski – Dim Wit – The Funniest, Stupidest Things Ever Said
  • Stephen King – Duma Key
  • Peter F. Hamilton – The Temporal Void
  • Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram

Some, like Shantaram and The Gonzo Papers, probably warrant separate posts in their own right. I might do that sometime. When I’m finished reading.

“Books That Are Big” © Greg Pillhofer, 2010
Original Capture: 21/05/2010, 17:45 – Johannesburg, South Africa 
Canon EOS 350D | f/3.5 | 1.3 sec | ISO-400 | 18mm | No flash


  1. Someone has said that books make excellent companions [and even life partner too ;-)], ‘cos they neither complain nor demand; they always give 🙂

    • Nice quote Satya – thank you for sharing it with us. And I agree: books do give us so much of value regardless of the circumstances in which we put them.

      Just been past your blog and see that you are based in India. Have you read Shantaram perhaps? Based on your wonderful poetry, I think you will find strong connections with the author and his experiences in India.

      • Not yet Greg! I have heard a lot about the book. Will surely read one day 🙂

  2. Fab pic!

  3. Books and coffee. Two of our favorite things. And a great photo too.

    • Glad you like it 38, and thanks for the support!

      Make mine a double espresso please!

  4. Books and coffee,… I think we have something in common!

    I like the pic! I actually need pictures for my series,… any that I can use? Another ‘Hope Survived’????

    • Will definitely have a look for you WSG – not sure I can compete with Julia Trotti's work though – that's some seriously good images she has that you've used in your excellent A Story For Every Picture Series so far though.

  5. Me, I do COFFEE and the internet, books are so old fashioned…..

      • Since you put it that way…

        Did you know I just finished reading the new book by Robert Cope, “101 Good Olive Jokes”…

        • Oh that is so hot! I even tried to do the blog stalking thing but I got myself kicked out. News24 bloggers do not like Namibian visitors? Is it because we comment in Namlish? Aweh!

        • Heck, when did he add the extra 1? Got to get my copy updated soonest.

          Wonder if he still quotes them so totally randomly as he used to?

        • Namlish? LOL!

          Aweh indeed.


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