Tell Me A Story


The art of ‘book sculptor’ Emma Taylor, who tells new stories with old books rescued from charity and second hand shops.

Using only glue, scissors and the pages of the books she carves, Taylor also themes her sculptures in keeping with the subject matter of the books they’re made from, ie. a garden scene emerging from ‘An Introduction to Botany’ and Italian houses hewn from ‘The Story of Venice’.


24 thoughts on “Tell Me A Story

    1. Brother Barnabas

      you’d be raging though if you loaned someone a book and it came back like that

      1. millie st murderlark

        Depends on the book, no?

        The cardinal son is borrowing a book and not returning it. That warrants execution.

      2. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

        Ah you don’t lend books… what if they brought it into the loo with them and then returned it.

        * shudder *

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          *lick finger, turn page*
          I do not frequent second-hand book stores for that very reason.

        2. Spaghetti Hoop

          Lend books? If I wanted someone to read a book I’d just give it to them, ask that they sign the first page and pass it on. If I didn’t want to give it away I’d tell them to buy it for Kindle. I lent a friend a picnic hamper twelve years ago and never got it back. Still think about those fuppin plastic wine glasses in their little straps and those gingham napkins whenever there’s a sunny day.

      3. The Old Boy

        Better than all the books I’ve lent to people over the years, none of which have ever returned.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Makes them sound like they have self-will.
          Maybe they just didn’t like you, Old Boy.

          1. Papi

            That’s just crazy talk! Old Boy is undislikeable. I’d say he’d break your jaw with panache and you’d thank him after.

        2. Brother Barnabas

          fortunately, i only have one friend who’s bad for that. and after around 10 years and 50 books of irritation – yet still muttering “yeah, grand” whenever he asked “mind if i take this with me?” – i finally last year replied “yes, i would mind”. soon as i said it, all this pent up irritation erupted and i added “in fact, i absolutely would fupping mind. and what about all the other fupping books you’ve fupping borrowed over the fupping years, you fupping boo boo”. he was a little taken aback and i haven’t heard from him since. [now that i think of it, though, he does visit broadsheet – how’s it going, tim? all well?]

          1. Slightly Bemused

            Tim? Tim? Hmmm…
            There’s a guy called Tim down the road has a slow but steady business selling pre-owned books. Could it be???


          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            No wonder he isn’t back. If anyone called me a “boo-hoo” I’d be all “New phone, who dis?”.

          3. Nigel

            I always wondered why they had ‘Books Borrowed From Brother Barnabas’ stamped on all the first pages.

          4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I have a book stamp. Got it made in Vietnam many moons ago. It’s in Latin too, for extra total tooty pants points.

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