ISBN 9781847946409,How to be Well Read : A Guide to 500 Great Novels and a Handful of Literary Curiosities

How to be Well Read : A Guide to 500 Great Novels and a Handful of Literary Curiosities


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9781847946409

ISBN-10 1847946402


Number of Pages 576 Pages
Language (English)

Biography: historical, political & military

John Sutherland, author of the well known is Heath-cliff a Murderer? offers his very personal guide to the best books ever written, along with a compelling defense of why they matter.

As the annual tide of published novels grows ever greater, it's a hard job to keep up, let alone sort the wheat from the chaff. Fortunately John Sutherland, editor of The Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction and Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, is on hand to do precisely that for you. In over 500 wittily informative essays he introduces you to the very best of the world's fiction, both canonical and modern. His taste is impressively catholic-an appreciation of The Golden Ass - arguably the first-ever novel is followed by a consideration of Ian Fleming's Gold-finger. The Handmaid's Tale is followed by Hangover Square, Jane Eyre by Jaws. There are imposing Victorian novels, entertaining contemporary thrillers and everything in between, from spy novels to romance. In each case a sense of the flavor of the novel is brilliantly evoked and a forceful case made for why it should be a candidate for the bookshelf or bedside table. The end result is both a wonderful dip-in book and a virtual history of the novel.