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Would you like to help publish the world's most Boring book?

In which you will find a collection of essays on subjects including:  

  • the global economic impact of the wooden pallet
  • why being a spy is actually quite dull
  • the beauty of car park roofs
  • the sounds made by vending machines
  • wheelbarrows
  • the word ‘the’ — and much, much less  

"You will definitely learn something. Whether or not you want to learn it is another question." Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian

HELLO

My name is James Ward. I’m interested in things. Small, unimportant things. Things that other people find boring. I once created a Google Map showing the price, availability and storage conditions of my favourite chocolate bar (the Cadbury’s Twirl) throughout central London. I’ve never really been popular enough to have a cool name — even my family call me by my full name. I am James Ward and I can only apologise if you’ve read this far.  

THIS IS MY BORING BOOK

The book will be a beautifully produced hardback with a wonderfully mundane cover. The name of everyone that buys a copy in advance will be printed in alphabetical order at the back of the book. There are a few other ways that people can play an active part in the book’s creation. I draw your attention to pledges 3.0, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3. If you have ever dreamt of deciding the size of a books’ drop cap then now is your chance.

It will include at least 12 essays drawn from the best contributions made to the Boring conference, the one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked that I created by accident in 2010 after the cancellation of the Interesting Conference.

Previous speakers include Jon Ronson, Robin Ince, Josie Long and Adam Curtis. Subjects covered include sneezing, toast, IBM tills, barcodes, yellow lines and the features of the Yamaha PSR-175 Portatune keyboard.

Nothing in this book will change the world. Although it may change the way you see the world, very slightly.

PRAISE FOR BORING  

About the Boring Conference:  

"Ward only needs a few minutes, and you are literally sucked into his tirade, just let go, you have to switch off the lingering information evaluation and sorting machine in your brain." Der Spiegel

"A great idea poorly executed." Ian, London  

"Dressed in a gray fitted suit, Ward appears comfortable on stage but less so off. When we talk in a bright white corridor just off the main conference room in Conway Hall, he is flustered and tense with a slight sheen of sweat on his brow. He asks more than once whether the event seems to be going well." Chris Stokel-Walker, The Magazine  

About the BBC's Boring Talks podcast:  

"Like sitting next to a 12-year-old talking you through the ins and outs of Pokémon Go. You will definitely learn something. Whether or not you want to learn it is another question." Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian  

About Adventures In Stationery by James Ward:

"Elegantly written, but in a strangely blank, glassy-eyed tone." Andrew Martin, The Observer

My name is James Ward. That is all you need to know.

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