"Sutherland is back with a new box of literary-critical conundrums....The wit is...sparkling, and the learning is formidably sustained."--Times Literary Supplement
"Sutherland is a marvellous critic, and if he were not so madest and so pragmatically unassuming he might found a new school of fiction criticism....32 literary puzzles which send s back to a famous novel, and make us think hard about its modes of construction and convention....His comments and suggestions are...both fascinatingly learned and full of down-to-earth common sense."--The Times (London)
"A jolly game of hunt the literary slip-up....Half the fun is having thought up the questions in the first place."--The Spectator
"By picking holes in a lot of plots, he both mockes and celebrates English Literature in one witty breath....A wonderful way, in an essay's short space, of reliving the books that haunted your childhood or helped you grow up. Scholarship brought to earth and made human."--Night & Day
About the Author
John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London. He has edited a number of World's Classics, including works by Anthony Trollope, Jack London, and Thackeray, and is the author of the best-selling Is Heathcliff a Murderer? Puzzles in 19th-Century Fiction (W/C, 1996).