Published Oct 2013
John Sutherland has researched, taught and written on virtually every area of literature, and is infectious passion for books and reading has defined his own life. Now he guides young readers and grown-ups on an entertaining journey ‘through the wardrobe’ and across the glorious span of literature, from Greek myths to graphic novels, to reach a greater awareness of how literature from across the world can transport us and help us make sense of what it means to be human.
In his own irresistible way, Sutherland introduces the great classics – including Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby-Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, Nineteen Eighty-Four and dozens of others – enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning. He adds to these works a less-expected, personal selection of authors and texts, including literature usually considered below ‘serious attention’. With masterful digressions into various themes – censorship, narrative tricks, self-publishing, taste, creativity and madness – Sutherland offers a proper introduction to literature and demonstrates the full depth and intrigue of reading.