Nick Hornby

Sound the Trumpets – The World of Publishers’ Blurbs

‘It is hard to recall another novel in which the lives of its people have been more fully imagined than they are here …’ The Daily Telegraph

This sentence – clumsy, slightly pompous, and on close inspection more or less entirely without meaning – is typical of the quotes that publishers plaster all over the back of their literary paperbacks. Indeed, the example provided above (taken from the back of Douglas Bauer’s novel Dexterity) is woolly enough to serve as a parody of the species. If I find it slightly depressing, it is because I wrote it, and this extract from one of my first reviews marks my paperback debut.

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