Published in the US as The World Between Two Covers by Liveright/WW Norton and Company

Harvill Secker / Random House
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In 2012, the world arrived in London for the Olympics… and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. She read her way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries (plus one extra), sampling one book from every nation – from classics and folk tales to current favourites and commercial triumphs, via novels, short stories, memoirs, biographies, narrative poems and countless mixtures of all these things.

It wasn’t easy. Many languages have next to nothing translated into English; there are tiny, tucked-away places where very little is written down at all; some governments don’t like to let works of art leak out to corrupt Westerners.

Her literary adventures shed light on the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global. What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?

‘an exquisitely written book that manages to be both a compelling quest narrative and a moving exploration into the joys of reading. Ann Morgan is a wonderful writer—astute and accessible, lyrical and lush—and this is a book so compelling it’s impossible to put down.’
Molly Antopol, author of The Un-Americans

‘This book has a very neat conceit…Morgan covers the ‘landscape’ of global literature, the state of publishing…the politics of translation and how the west is represented in non-occidental literatures. It is a vast field but the breezy style, infectious enthusiasm and nicely pitched tone mean it is both diverting and illuminating.’
Stuart Kelly, Guardian

‘In her lively, debut book, journalist and blogger Morgan, regretting that she has been ‘a literary xenophobe,’ recounts her project to spend a year reading one book, translated or written in English, from every country in the world…Morgan’s intrepid literary project underscores the crucial importance of stretching the boundaries of one’s aesthetic and intellectual worlds.’
Kirkus Reviews