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  • Published: 18 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241562727
  • Imprint: Particular Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $29.99

Eliot's Book of Bookish Lists

A sparkling miscellany of literary lists




A sparkling miscellany of literary trivia

Who had birds called Death, Wigs and Spinach? How do you spell the noise of a door slamming? Whose working title was The Chronic Argonauts?

Henry Eliot - author, editor and insatiable bookworm - has ransacked the libraries and archives of world literature, compiling hundreds of bookish lists. This eclectic gallimaufry showcases his favourites: we witness the tragic ends of the Ancient Greek tragedians, learn the name of George Orwell's pet cockerel and rummage through Joan Didion's travelling bag; we consider the history of literary fart jokes, orbit the Shakespearean moons of Uranus and meet several pigs with wings. From the sublime to the ridiculous - and everything in between ­- Eliot's lists, recommendations and nuggets of trivia will delight, inspire and surprise anyone who loves reading.

Beautifully presented with supplementary maps and illustrations, Henry Eliot's Book of Bookish Lists is the essential gift for book-lovers.

  • Published: 18 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241562727
  • Imprint: Particular Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Henry Eliot

Henry Eliot is the author of The Penguin Classics Book and the presenter of the podcast On the Road with Penguin Classics. He has organized various literary tours, including a mass public pilgrimage for the National Trust (inspired by William Morris), a recreation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, which raised money for the National Literacy Trust, a Lake Poets tour of Cumbria and a quest for the Holy Grail based on Malory's Morte D'Arthur. He is also the author of Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In and Curiocity: An Alternative A to Z of London.

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Praise for Eliot's Book of Bookish Lists

Hours of innocent snacking

Iain Sinclair

An eccentric idea beautifully executed

Louis de Bernières

A rich, dense bouillabaisse, so brim-full of piquant and scrumptious surprises that you may need a little lie-down to digest each spoonful

John Lloyd

Eliot's Book of Bookish Lists is as addictive as any opiate. Open it at any page and consider yourself hooked. Here - to cite but a few examples - be books that David Bowie cherished, books that were banned, books that were written in a jiffy, and books that their authors left unfinished. I loved Eliot's book for its wit, learning, eccentricity and unrepentant bookishness

Alan Taylor

An absolute delight - Borges meets with Buzzfeed, to gloriously informative effect

Tom Holland

Who doesn't love a good list? Eliot's Book of Bookish Lists is a trove of treasures from start to finish, from the handy to the fascinating to the downright silly. One to keep by the bedside to be reminded of the quirky, any-angled joys residing in the books we've read and the ones we still have to read

Dennis Duncan

Henry Eliot's Book of Bookish Lists deserves its place on the desk or bedside table of every bibliobibuli. Not only is it useful - helping you tell your pipes (|) from your pilcrows (¶) and your iambs from your spondees - but it's bursting with joyous disjecta membra (Mervyn Peake designed the Pan logo! Robert Louis Stevenson died making mayonnaise!) Buried deep in the etymology of the word 'list' is the notion of pleasure. Mr Eliot's marvellous vade mecum reminds us why

John Mitchinson

The product of a great literary mind. A thoroughly enjoyable book made possible only by Eliot's curiosity, intense love of literature and boundless humour. As amusing as it is informing. A gift for bluffers. Writing was invented to make lists, and now Eliot makes lists into inventive writing. It's difficult to list all the things that make this book entertaining

Michael Portillo

If there was a list of books about lists, Eliot's Book of Bookish Lists would be in the top one

Philip Pullman

A gorgeous confection of a book. I defy any reader not to lose themselves in its pages and forget their "to do" lists. How do I love this book? Let me list the ways

Chris Riddell

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