Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland banned in China? Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature? What was Truman Capote superstitious about?
Here is a light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature. A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary characters, For the Love of Books is a book about books—and the inside stories about the people who write them.
Learn how books evolved, what lies behind some of the greatest tales ever told, and who’s really who in the world of fiction.
From banned books to famous feuding authors, from literary felons to rejected masterpieces, from tips for aspiring writers to stand-out book lists for readers to catch up on, For the Love of Books is a celebration of the written word and an absolute page-turner for any book lover.
Graham Tarrant is a former publisher and the author of more than thirty books, on subjects ranging from cinema to cricket. He is also the editor of several anthologies. He lives in a Wiltshire village near Bath in Great Britain.
"Tarrant delivers a trivia lover’s delight. . . . The By the Book podcast meets Andre Bernard’s Now All We Need Is a Title in this compulsively readable collection that may appeal to bibliophiles." —Library Journal