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THE YEAR OF READING DANGEROUSLY: HOW FIFTY GREAT BOOKS SAVED MY LIFE

“Andy Miller had a job he quite liked, a family he loved and no time at all for reading. Or so he kept telling himself. But no matter how busy or tired he was, something kept niggling at him. Books. Books he’d always wanted to read. Books he’d said he’d read, when actually he hadn’t. Books that whispered the promise of escape from the 6.44am to London. And so, with the turn of a page, began a year of reading that was to transform Andy’s life completely.

This book is Andy’s inspirational and very funny account of his expedition through literature: classic, cult and everything in-between. Crack the spine of your unread Middlemarch, discover what The Da Vinci Code and Moby-Dick have in common (everything, surprisingly) and knock yourself out with a new-found enthusiasm for Tolstoy, Douglas Adams and The Epic of Gilgamesh. THE YEAR OF READING DANGEROUSLY is a reader’s odyssey and it begins with opening this book… ”

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER NOW (PDF)



What they’re saying about The Year of Reading Dangerously:

Brilliant. All these books should count themselves lucky to have been read by Andy Miller. – Stewart Lee, comedian, author of How I Escaped My Certain Fate

I adored this hilarious and touching book. Essential for anyone who likes to read. If you don’t like to read, this book is probably not for you, but Dan Brown remains on sale. – Jenny Colgan, bestselling novelist, author of Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams

THE YEAR OF READING DANGEROUSLY is funny, melancholy, grumpy and profound. It’s all you might want from a book. – Andrew Male, journalist, deputy editor Mojo magazine

I too used to tell fibs about having read books and frankly, I wish it was me that’d had the clever idea of how to make money out of not doing something. So fair play to Andy Miller for dreaming that one up. I’ll definitely read it, if I get a free one. – Count Arthur Strong, show business legend, author of Through It All I’ve Always Laughed

Utterly wonderful. – Linda Grant, novelist, author of The Clothes on Their Backs

Brilliant. – Lucy Mangan, journalist, author of My Family and Other Disasters

Like Bill Bryson being locked in the British Library for his own good, THE YEAR OF READING DANGEROUSLY is clever, inspiring and – shh! – laugh-out-loud funny. P.S. You’re going to need some bigger bookshelves. – Neil Perryman, blogger, author of Adventures with the Wife in Space



EXPLANATORY NOTE: We made READ as a homage to John Brockman’s (@edge) legendary teaser campaign for the Monkees’ 1968 film HEAD, with a bit of The Parallax View and a Godard-style intertitle or two thrown in. Watch carefully – and play LOUD!