There is a unique charm about a crisp brown paper parcel arriving in the mail.
I’ve always had a quiet fascination with snail mail. The romance of an envelope or twine-wrapped bundle journeying across oceans and continents is almost as sickly sweet as a wartime love story.
The mechanism of mail also intrigues me. I imagine packages and letters of all shapes and colours piled in warehouses across the world, patiently waiting to be sorted and dispatched to unsuspecting addressees.
I hold similar affection for wandering books; those paperbacks from hostels with multi-lingual inscriptions by past travellers. Oh it’s almost enough to make me break into a song about a sharing, caring world.
From there, the idea evolved into what is now ‘the 5 book project’.
Mail five books to five people across the world.
Each book has been chosen with care and mailed with the hope it will bring a little bit of unexpected joy.
If you receive a random book in a brown paper parcel, please write me a comment…or a letter… and share some of that mail-receiving joy. I’d love to hear about your book and your patch of the world.