John Sutherland offers a personal guide to the most remarkable, rewarding and enjoyable works of fiction, from Aaron's Rod to Zuleika Dobson. He captures each work's flavor, evaluates its pros and cons, and contextualizes it. Fascinating facts abound — e.g., the Nazis banned Bambi, Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying on a wheelbarrow, Voltaire wrote Candide in three days, and Sewell was paid £20 for Black Beauty. Encyclopedic and entertaining, this book offers 500 wittily informative pieces. A must-dip-in for literature lovers, offering opinions to inform and enrage!
'Anyone hooked on fiction should be warned: this book will feed your addiction.' Mail on Sunday
'A dazzling array of genres, periods, styles and tastes... chatty, insightful, unprejudiced (but not uncritical) and wise.' Times Literary Supplement