Sterne's utterly original novel - the meandering, maddening 'autobiography' of one of literature's oldest comic characters.
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY TOM MCCARTHY
Doomed to become the ‘sport of fortune’ by an interruption at the crucial moment of conception, Tristram Shandy’s life lurches from one mishap to another: his nose crushed by the doctor’s forceps during birth, christened with the wrong name, an unfortunate incident involving a slamming sash window… Discover the anti-autobiography of the hilarious and impossibly long-winded Tristram Shandy.
“Tristram Shandy is one of the funniest novels in the English language. It's also one of the first great experimental literary works”
“A mad, recursive, literary joke”
“An extraordinary comic tour de force”
“The ultimate novel about writing a novel”
“An amazing book, seeming like a modern experimental novel but written in the 18th century by an Anglican clergyman. You can dip in and out of it with constant pleasure.”
Bamber Gasgoigne, Daily Express
“Has inspired and provoked writers as various as Dickens, Joyce and Salman Rushdie”
“Tristram Shandy’s open, digressive form offers both an alternative to the inevitable reductions of plot and a foil to the tyranny of the will to system.”