‘This is “High Fidelity” for bookworms … an invigorating learning curve spent in the company of an affable student … Irreverent … very funny … His thesis is universal: just like that teenager disappearing into the parquet-laid aisles of Croydon Library, we can all be enriched by losing ourselves among the bookshelves’ Christian House, Daily Telegraph
‘I adored this hilarious and touching book. Essential for anyone who likes to read. If you don't like to read, this book is probably not for you, but Dan Brown remains on sale.’ Jenny Colgan
‘Brilliant. All these books should count themselves lucky to have been read by Andy Miller.’ Stewart Lee
‘I too used to tell fibs about having read books and frankly, I wish it was me that'd had the clever idea of how to make money out of not doing something. So fair play to Andy Miller for dreaming that one up. I'll definitely read it, if I get a free one.’ Count Arthur Strong
‘Andy Miller writes so well he could make shopping at Sainsbury’s sound amusing.’ Independent
‘An eye for comic detail worthy of the young Evelyn Waugh.’ Observer
‘Fresh, joyfully uncynical and, above all, very funny.’ Time Out
‘A hilarious premise, superbly executed.’ Esquire
A working father whose life no longer feels like his own discovers the transforming powers of great (and downright terrible) literature in this laugh-out-loud memoir.
Andy Miller had a job he quite liked, a family he loved and no time at all for reading. Or so he kept telling himself. But, no matter how busy or tired he was, something kept niggling at him. Books. Books he’d always wanted to read. Books he’d said he’d read, when he hadn’t. Books that whispered the promise of escape from the 6.44 to London. And so, with the turn of a page, began a year of reading that was to transform Andy’s life completely.
This book is Andy’s inspirational and very funny account of his expedition through literature: classic, cult and everything in-between. Crack the spine of your unread ‘Middlemarch’, discover what ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Moby-Dick’ have in common (everything, surprisingly) and knock yourself out with a new-found enthusiasm for Tolstoy, Douglas Adams and ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’. ‘The Year of Reading Dangerously’ is a reader’s odyssey and it begins with opening this book…