If, like me, you cannot be in Nuremberg for the trade fair then CultPens might have the next best thing for you. They are currently giving away a free pencil pack with every copy of the Secret Life of the Pencil book.1
The book itself is great. Much better than I expected. William Boyd’s2 foreword is more than fitting. I loved to learn about his pencil journey3 and enjoyed looking at all the pencils while figuring out the make, model and approximate age.
Many pencils seem ‘real’ and straight from the desk, many seem prepared for the photos, e.g. Sculptor Bill Woodrow made his pencil into a sculpture, polymath Stephen Fry seems to have pretend knife-sharpened a sharpener-sharpened pencil4.
Whether straight from the desk or prepared for the book, they all are enjoyable.
- They also still offer a big discount on the Cult Pencil, with a further 10% off when using the discount code CULTMP10 [↩]
- I think his internationally best known work might be his James Bond novel ‘Solo’, which I didn’t read, but listened to when it was Radio 4’s book of the week. [↩]
- ..by the way, in my opinion graphite lasts much longer than ink – Sean could go into much more detail on this topic than I could [↩]
- Best of both – the perfect compromise: sharpener-sharpened makes more sense, knife-sharpened is more fitting. [↩]