A book for Christmas and the fireside, but a book also for all days and weathers, even for a chilly morning commuter train - once commuting is back in fashion
It is always interesting when an intelligent reader comes fresh to books you have known for a long time . . . the whole book is a lucky dip: put in your thumb, pull out a plum, and relish it.
A witty, warm and wonderfully wise celebration of the written word. A huge treat
It's like being a member of the best book club ever
Stig's books are must-haves. He educates, informs and entertains in equal measure
This is Abell at his best - frank, funny and fascinating. Did Clive James and Bill Bryson have a secret love child?
Beyond splendid . . . a brilliant idea, beautifully realised
Far more than a guide, this is a book lover's companion, a wise friend's recommendations, an answer to the question "what to read next" and why. I wish I knew half as much about books as Stig Abell
A thoroughly enjoyable saunter through some great, and not so great, works of literature