READ THIS NEXT: And Discover Your 500 New Favourite Books

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Penguin Adult, Dec 2, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 464 pages

Ever felt betrayed by a pretty cover or an alluring quote?

There are so many books out there that sometimes it's impossible to choose what to read next - and it's easy to feel let down by what's inside the covers when you do.

Not any more.

Fresh from having sorted out writers everywhere with How NOT to Write a Novel('A hilarious, wickedly observed and deeply useful guide' Observer), Sandra Newman and Howard Mittlemark have turned their attention to the 500 books that will enhance your shelves, and your life, forever.

Covering books from Catch 22to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and exploring all the important issues like how to tell the difference between Naomis Wolf and Klein, whether anyone really likes Emma Bovary and what makes the perfect loo book, this smart, witty and insightful guide reminds you exactly why you love reading and then makes you want to go out and read lots more.

You'll never have to judge another book by its cover again.

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User Review  - Circlestonesbooks -

A lot of interesting books, presented in clearly defined groups of topic. Found a lot of authors and titles until now unknown to me and added to my to read list. What I like about this book - it is written in a funny, witty style. Read full review

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User Review  - bohemima - LibraryThing

There are plenty of suggestions here, some of them obscure enough to be intriguing. The authors had an excellent idea—somewhat like Nancy Pearl’s books, where reading one thing leads you to another ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Sandra Newman is the author of the novels Cake and The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award). Her writing has appeared in Harper's and Granta, amongst others. Howard Mittelmark is the author of Age of Consent. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and other publications. Their first co-written book How Not to Write a Novel was a great success and their next book takes on the entire canon of Western literature.

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