ABRIDGED CLAS­SICS: BRIEF SUM­MARIES OF BOOKS YOU WERE SUP­POSED TO READ BUT PROB­A­BLY DIDN’T

Fairlady - - BOOK CLUB - BY JOHN ATKIN­SON

This is a hi­lar­i­ous com­pi­la­tion of syn­opses of the clas­sics. The sum­maries are so brief that you might be hard-pressed to guess the book ti­tles from the de­scrip­tions, 100% ac­cu­rate as they may be. Give it a go – no peek­ing:

1. ‘Work­place ro­mance gets fiery.’

2. ‘Se­nior’s din­ner is eaten by sharks.’

3. ‘Ir­ish lad is torn be­tween the church and sex. So he be­comes a writer.’ (Which cov­ers quite a lot of Ir­ish lit­er­a­ture, to be hon­est.)

How did you do? There are plenty more where those came from, and each one is ac­com­pa­nied by a sweet il­lus­tra­tion.

A sum­mary of this ac­tual book would prob­a­bly be some­thing like: ‘Many ti­tles, few words, all funny.’ Which sounds like fun – and it is. Suzy Brokensha

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