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How to be Well Read: A Guide to 567 Essential Novels John Sutherland

How to be Well Read: A Guide to 567 Essential Novels

John Sutherland

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John Sutherland, author of the well-known Is Heathcliff a Murderer?, offers his very personal guide to the best books ever written, along with a compelling defence of why they matter.As the annual tide of published novels grows ever greater, its aMoreJohn Sutherland, author of the well-known Is Heathcliff a Murderer?, offers his very personal guide to the best books ever written, along with a compelling defence of why they matter.As the annual tide of published novels grows ever greater, its 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 worlds fiction, both canonical and modern. His taste is impressively catholic: an appreciation of Candide is followed by a consideration of Carry On, Jeeves. War and Peace, Portnoys Complaint and Tarzan of the Apes all make an appearance. There are imposing Victorian novels, entertaining contemporary thrillers and everything in between, from spy novels to romance. In each case a sense of the flavour 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.