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The Short Story of the Novel

A Pocket Guide to Key Genres, Novels, Themes and Techniques

Henry Russell


The Short Story of the Novel is a new and innovative introduction to the best works of fiction from the last 500 years. Simply constructed, the book explores 67 key novels from The Tale of Genji to My Brilliant Friend. In addition to enjoyable descriptions of the novels and concise explanations of why they are important, the book illuminates the most significant writing genres, themes and techniques. Accessible and fun to read, with a foreword by Professor Peter Boxall, this pocket guide will give readers a new way to enjoy their favourite books – and to discover new ones.

Henry Russell is the author of 27 published books, as well as a contributor to many multi-authored works. He read English at Oxford.

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