Daniel Hahn

Reading one book from every country in the world sounds like fun – until you come to North Korea

A review of Reading the World by Ann Morgan finds a year-long blog also makes a brilliant, unlikely book

One day in 2011, while perusing her bookshelves, Ann Morgan realised her reading habits were (to her surprise) somewhat parochial. No worse than most English-language readers’, perhaps, but still with dramatic, unnecessary bias towards the Anglophone, with only Freud and a single battered Madame Bovary representing the other 90-odd per cent of the global population.

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