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Reviews

  • Fascinating

    Financial Times
  • Witty and wide-ranging...adventurous... as if academic research were as revved-up as a Formula One race

    Peter Conrad, Observer
  • Masterful

    Prospect
  • Hilarious

    Sam Leith, UnHerd
  • Exceptionally good ... I learned a huge amount from this wry, clever, diverting book

    Scotsman
  • I loved this book - the story of the index turns out to be a true adventure

    Susie Dent (on Twitter)
  • Charming ... Indexes are to books as menus are to meals: often the best bit

    Economist
  • Illuminating ... A seemingly niche and esoteric subject, the index becomes, in Duncan's hands, a minor miracle. Index, A History of the is not only about books, printing, and the necessity of consistent page-numbering ... but about the nature of reading and about how we understand, categorise, and engage with the world

    Kate Wiles, History Today
  • What a surprise to discover that the plain and humble index has such an intricate and rollicking history! Dennis Duncan gives us a learned grand tour from ancient times to the almost present in the design and uses - and cunning abuses - of what is still the most sophisticated search tool ever devised. Instruction, passim! Entertainment, idem!

    David Bellos, author of Is That a Fish in Your Ear?
  • Dennis Duncan has done a great service to all bibliophiles by writing this scholarly, witty and affectionate history. By rights "Books, love of" ought to have a page-long entry in the index.

    Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves

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