*The Lives of the Novelists*

Here is a mini-review from today’s FT, from their best books of the year discussion:

Lives of the Novelists, by John Sutherland, Profile, RRP£30

The fruit of decades of reading and research, Sutherland’s quirky compendium offers selective mini-biographies of 294 English novelists including Jeffrey Archer but not, oddly, Lewis Carroll or PG Wodehouse. A witty and enjoyably wide-ranging work.

The book has a remarkable density of information, as virtually every sentence tries to teach you something.  I have never read a book quite like it, definitely recommended.


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