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Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve: The Literary Quirks and Oddities of Our Most-Loved Authors

Author: Blatt, Ben
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 288
Pub Date: 23/03/2017
ISBN: 9781471152825
Availability: In stock
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Quick overview What is your favourite author's favourite metaphor? This book will offer you the answers. Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve explores what the numbers can reveal about literature's classics, number one bestsellers and our own writing.
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'Read this book thoughtfully. It's fun. And, I think, the shape of some very interesting things to come.' John Sutherland, The Times Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books. Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on? Which writer is the most cliched? Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world's greatest writers. This is a lighthearted, humorous book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to entertain.

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