His amiable trawl through the history of popular books is frequently entertaining (Scott Pack, The Times
breezily entertaining (Kevin Power, Irish Times (Dublin)
Sutherland effectively challenges the assumption that a book's commercial success somehow invalidates either its author's integrity or the critical acumen of its readers. Instead we are offered a plausible vision of the blockbuster or the bodice-ripper as narrative in its purest form. (Jonathan Keates, TLS
About the Author
John Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, and Professor of Literature at Caltech. He has published many books, including, most recently, So You Think You Know Jane Austen?
and So You Think You Know Thomas Hardy?
, and has edited 15 volumes in the Oxford World's Classics series (most recently Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians
). He writes and reviews widely, including in the TLS
, and writes regular columns in the Guardian
, Financial Times
, New Statesman
, and Sunday Telegraph
. In 2005, he was chair of the Man-Booker fiction prize committee.