Reading Room Only: Memoir of a Radical Bibliophile
by Phil Cohen
Format: Paperback, 260 pages,
Available (Published: April 2013)
Phil Cohen – at one time "Dr John", the leading figure of London hippy squatters in 1969, and erstwhile Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of East London – was born in Bloomsbury and never really moved away. The famous squares and famous writers powered his imagination as a child, while, after his years in the counterculture, the British Museum’s Reading Room provided a second home. The memoir continues through Cohen’s life, discussing book collecting, the pleasures of browsing and the need for bookshops. Building a personal library is a long way from setting fire to books as part of a John Latham "event" but, as a child, a drop-out and a professor, Phil Cohen's life has always been one of books.
About the Author
Phil Cohen is an Emeritus Professor at the University of East London. His books have been mostly in the field of urban, ethnic and cultural studies, including Knuckle Sandwich: growing up in the working class city (Penguin) and Rethinking the Youth Question (Palgrave) and, in January 2013, a study of East London and the Olympics, On the Wrong Side of the Tracks.