The Short Story of the Novel

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


This book is not yet published, but will be available from May 2021.

ISBN: 9781786277442 Category:

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 60 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.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 14.8 x 21 cm
Publisher name Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2021
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.8 x 21 cm
Weight 300 g
Henry Russell is the author of over thirty published books, as well as a contributor to many multi-authored works. He read English at Oxford.