Reading the World

Reading the World

How I Read a Book from Every Country

Summary

'A brilliant, unlikely book' Spectator

How do we define national identity?
Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda?
How can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?

In 2012, the world arrived in London for the Olympics...and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. She read her way around all the globe's 196 independent countries (plus one extra), sampling one book from every nation. It wasn't easy. Many languages have next to nothing translated into English; there are tiny, tucked-away places where very little is written down; some governments don't like to let works of art escape their borders.

Using Morgan's own quest as a starting point, Reading the World explores the vital questions of our time.

'Revelatory... While Morgan's research has a daunting range...there is a simple message: reading is a social activity, and we ought to share books across boundaries' Financial Times

Reviews

  • A wonderful book
    Viv Groskop, Red

About the author

Ann Morgan

Ann Morgan is a freelance writer and editor. She continues to blog about books at ayearofreadingtheworld.com and lives with her husband Steve Lennon in south London.
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