Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 December 2007

144 Pages | 10 halftones

5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9780199214891

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Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

John Sutherland

Very Short Introductions

  • John Sutherland argues that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study.
  • Asks what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction, why some critically-acclaimed novels never make it, and examines what bestsellers reveal about both literary culture and society.
  • Lifts the lid on the 'bestseller industry', and examines what makes a book into a bestseller.
  • Includes lively summaries of bestsellers over the years - including both classic and contemporary novels, alongside some surprising titles and long-forgotten names.
  • Gone with the Wind, Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Blue Lagoon, Portnoy's Complaint and The Da Vinci Code - these are just some of the bestselling titles that Sutherland discusses.