Reading the World : Confessions of a Literary Explorer

In 2012, Ann Morgan set out to read a book from every country in the world, focusing mainly on contemporary novels. On setting herself this challenge, she faced a number of obstacles including a lack of English translations, issues over censorship and discovering that some countries had very few published works. Through the generosity of many book-lovers and having many adventures on the way, she succeeded in reading works from all 196 independent countries in the world (plus an extra one!).

In this work, the author explains her decision to undertake this journey, how she succeeded, and how her thinking on literature changed on the way. She weaves the many tales she read over the year throughout this exploration of world-wide storytelling. The result is a fascinating examination of why storytelling matters, how reading can challenge long-held assumptions and how our changing world is altering our reading habits.

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