Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Schott's stuff on books

With all the Christmas preparations forgot to mention that in Monday's Guardian in the G2 section (it is not online as far as I can tell) Ben Schott produced a special almanac for 2006.

Male reads
The Books and Arts section contained some real gems including a mention for some research that Professor Lisa Jardine and Annie Watkins of Queen Mary College, London produced that asked 500 men which novels changed their lives. The most life changing books included The Outsider by Albert Camus, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Happy endings
Another piece of research that gets mentioned is the quest to find the favourite happy ending, which was carried out on World Book Day. The top five happy endings were: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
The unhappy endings included Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Schott's books have passed me by but I will be dipping into the next one to see what the chapter on books has to say in more depth next time.

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