A book reviewer is sitting in her office on a Friday afternoon. She has just one more book to review before she can go home. So she just looks at the title and makes up any old thing without actually READING the book.
But what if the manuscript has a typo in the book’s title? And what if that last book of the day eventually goes on to become an all-time classic?
Welcome to the realm of ‘The Book Reviewer’s Nightmare’.
Below are my efforts so far. Fancy playing along? Just post your book title as a comment.
WAUGH AND PEAS by Leo Tolstoy
‘The caterer on ‘Brideshead Revisited’ dishes the dirt on the behind-the-scenes action.’
ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECS by Charles Darwin
‘A fascinating insight into the history of optometry’
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLURRED PRINTS by J.K. Rowling
‘Lord Voldemort devises an evil plan to put Truprint out of business by sabotaging their photo machines so that every print is slightly out of focus.’
A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway
‘The victim of a horrific motorcycling accident comes to term with the loss of his upper limbs.’
LORD OF THE FILES by William Golding
‘Power struggles spiral out of control at an office assistants’ conference.’
THE ROUND AND THE FURRY by William Faulkner
‘An exploration of the reasons why baby animals are just so darn cute’
THE UNBEARABLE RIGHTNESS OF BOING by Milan Kundera
‘An insight into why the bossy and self-righteous Zebedee is the most irritating character in The Magic Roundabout’
CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDARIN by Louis de Bernieres
‘This charming novel, set on a remote Greek island during World War II, chronicles one man’s passion for citrus fruit.’
I look forward to reading your book reviews!