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How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Henry Hitchings

How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Read


How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Henry Hitchings

Ever wondered how some people seem to have an opinion on every book ever published? Nowadays, there are so many books: how can anyone be well read anymore?Well, help is at hand. Let Henry Hitchings educate you in the invaluable skill of literary bluffing in this survivor's guide to talking about books you haven't read. With tips on how to bluff with confidence using quotable insights and invaluable trivia, Henry Hitchings covers all the great books you ought to have read but haven't got round to yet. If you want to be able to hold your own in a debate about Stephen Hawking or Philip Roth or perhaps you find Shakespeare or Dostoevsky intimidating, then look no further. Including literary heavyweights such as Ulysses, Bleak House and War and Peace this guide will equip you with all the bookish information you need to bluff your way through any scenario, be it a vital exam, an in-depth conversation at the pub or chatting up the potential love of your life. Contents includes, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Henry James, James Joyce, Proust, Homer, Virgil, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Dickens, various contemporary writers, the Bible, the Koran, fairy tales, select bestsellers and some poetry.


'Fascinating' * Dales Life * 'Entertaining' * Peggy Hughes, Scotsman * 'I won't mince words. Read it and talk about it. A very smart (and funny) book.' * John Sutherland *'

About the Author

Henry Hitchings

Henry Hitchings was born in 1974. Educated at the universities of Oxford and London, he wrote his doctoral thesis on Samuel Johnson. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines.

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Publication date

2nd October 2008


Henry Hitchings

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John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


272 pages


Literature: history & criticism



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