A funny, revealing memoir about the flawed nature of the universe - by way of mid-life male obsession with pricey bits of paper - stamps!
When he was very young, Simon Garfield lusted after rare stamps but could not afford them. When he was older, the passion reignited with almost ruinous results. The Error World is an examination of obsession and desire, and the search for fulfilment. But it is also a story of wooden legs, pornography, Pele's World Cup Shirt, the man who guards stamps for the Queen and a woman who is terrified of the Post Office Tower.
Simon Garfield was born in 1960. He is the author of Expensive Habits: The Dark Side of the Industry (1986), The End of Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS (1994), which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, The Wrestling (1996), The Nation's Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio 1 (1998), Mauve (2000), The Last Journey of William Huskisson, and three recent hugely successful books about the Mass Observation archives, Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War and Private Battles.