Roland Allen is a publisher and author who lives in Hove. He studied at Manchester University and works in book (and notebook) publishing. He has written about subjects as diverse as bicycles and bread, kept a diary for decades, and enjoys stationery a little too much.
A glorious celebration of my all-time favourite object from its earliest incarnations to its funkiest forms. In his always interesting history of thinking on paper, Roland Allen has confected a scintillating cornucopia of notebook miscellany -- Sara Wheeler, author * Glowing Still * When something significant happens in the development of human ideas, , the same simple object is employed, humble and unassuming, yet endlessly versatile and powerful: a notebook. It allowed the quick-witted, fast moving young Beatles-to-be to capture their spontaneous inventions, just as it allowed Einstein to grind through mathematical operations of horrific complexity on his way to elegant breakthroughs -- Roly Allen * The Notebook *