`I can't help thinking that Love, Sex, Death and Words would make a much appreciated Christmas present for any avid reader ... I have been looking forward to reading this book for some time, having enjoyed John Sutherland's earlier books ... This time John Sutherland is joined by Stephen Fender in assembling this huge anthology of essays about writers and books, 365 in fact, one for every day of the year, although few readers will be unable to resist reading on through several articles every time they pick up the book.' --A Common Reader
`I've had tremendous fun reading [the entries] - arguing with some, substituting others, quoting them over lunch - and pleasure is at the heart of this project. It's irresistible, as compulsive as eating popcorn. Hawthorne and Melville meet for the first time, Petrarch catches first sight of Laura, Picasso, Joyce, Stravinsky and Diaghilev and Proust dine together at the Majestic, Anthony Burgess (like Scott and Whitman before him) gives a glowing review to his own book, Defoe invents the novel, but doesn't know what to call it, Bertolt Brecht testifies before HUAC, Jeffrey Archer "goes down".' --Guardian
Doesn't the Trades Descriptions Act cover book titles? How can Love, Sex, Death & Words be justified for a volume of literary dates, all based on the solitary act of an author sitting down quietly with a quill, pencil, typewriter or keyboard? In fact, not only the fourth noun but also the first three are mots justes for the entrancing events detailed here.' --Independent
`This book ... should bring delight to many, sell tons and keep as many ex-wives as any of us could wish for in scones and jam ... `It's a smart idea, well executed. Its prime virtue is the dense agglomeration of trivia around even well-known events. Yukio Mishima's suicide (25 November 1970) is an obvious enough date to include -- but how funny to record Private Eye's response, which was to publish a picture of Kingsley Amis under the headline `Famous British Novelist Commits Public Suicide by Drinking Himself to Death'.' --Spectator
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About the Author
John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus at University College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was Chair of the Man-Booker Prize panel in 2005. Stephen Fender was born in San Francisco, and educated at Stanford and the Universities of Wales and Manchester. At present he is an Honorary Professor of English at UCL.