What to Read Next

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An audiobook to help make books part of your life.

For a whole year on his train to work, Stig Abell read books from across genres and time periods. Then he wrote about them, and their impact on our culture and his own life.

The result is a work of many things: a brisk guide to the canon of Western literature; an intimate engagement with writers from Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Marcel Proust to Zora Neale Hurston; a wise and funny celebration of the power of words; and a meditation on mental unrest and how to tackle it. It will help you discover new books to love, give you the confidence to give up on those that you don’t, and remind you of ones that you already do.

What to Read Next: How to Make Books Part of Your Life has been written for the reader in all of us.

(P) 2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Critics Review

  • Beyond splendid . . . a brilliant idea, beautifully realised

    Bill Bryson
  • Far more than a guide, this is a book lover’s companion, a wise friend’s recommendations, an answer to the question “what to read next” and why. I wish I knew half as much about books as Stig Abell

    Kit de Waal
  • A witty, warm and wonderfully wise celebration of the written word. A huge treat

    Lucy Foley
  • It’s like being a member of the best book club ever

    Frank Skinner
  • Stig’s books are must-haves. He educates, informs and entertains in equal measure

    Dermot O'Leary
  • This is Abell at his best – frank, funny and fascinating. Did Clive James and Bill Bryson have a secret love child?

    Lee Child

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