"This blagger's guide is a must. Chock-full of strategies to make a little learning go a long way."

Aimee Shalan, Guardian

"I slipped into this book with immense pleasure... an excellent miniature history of books... and it's funny too."

William Leith, Scotsman

"A gifted and generous teacher, with a wide range of allusion and an eye for the quotable aperçu, he wants to share his passion for literature."

Ronan McDonald, Times Literary Supplement

"Read it and talk about it. A very smart (and funny) book."

John Sutherland