I have had the Adventures in Stationery book on my shelf for some time and have been really slow in getting round to actually reading it. Wards aptly named book goes through his stationery experiences. It’s nice to read a book written by a Brit as I can easily relate to a lot of his stationery experiences, however I have to admit I was quite disappointed with this book. I thought I would really geek out reading this but that didn't happen.
This book does have the odd relatable chapter. I enjoyed finding out the back story of Tipp-Ex and how this product came about. Similarly the chapter on pencils was very interesting. The one chapter that I thought I would enjoy was the back to school chapter. This is where the addiction starts for most of us after all and it’s a period I remember well. I had a Pepsi pencil case at one point and definitely spent a ridiculous amount of time in my local WHSmith trying to pick out the right stationery for the year. But I felt a little let down by this chapter expecting to read more on Wards experiences. However it quickly progressed onto the Helix story and Wards handwriting development through school. My experience was different to Wards, we moved from the Staedtler Noris pencil onto a Parker Vector fountain pen. Berol handwriting pens didn’t make an appearance for me.
This is one small example of my feelings towards Wards book. The thing is I just found it a little dull. It explored quite a bit of how certain stationery items came about, which at some point could be useful, but right now I didn’t find it very interesting. On top of this the layout of Wards book doesn’t really work for me. A format similar to the new Stationery Fever book could have worked really well. If you are interested in reading this book I would recommend just dipping in and out concentrating on the various chapters which you find interesting. Reading it front to back is pretty tough going.