Blurb Your Enthusiasm: A Cracking Compendium of Book Blurbs, Writing Tips, Literary Folklore and Publishing Secrets (Hardback)
  • Blurb Your Enthusiasm: A Cracking Compendium of Book Blurbs, Writing Tips, Literary Folklore and Publishing Secrets (Hardback)

Blurb Your Enthusiasm: A Cracking Compendium of Book Blurbs, Writing Tips, Literary Folklore and Publishing Secrets (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 01/09/2022
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Waterstones Says

Willder’s erudite and endlessly entertaining examination of the outside life of books – from blurbs and cover design, to eye-catching quotes and publisher secrets – is the perfect gift to bestow on a book lover.

This is the outside story of books.

From blurbs to titles, quotes to (checks jacket) cute animal designs - via author feuds, writing tricks, classic literature, bonkbusters, plot spoilers and publishing secrets - discover why it's good to judge a book by its cover. Maybe even this one...

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9780861542178
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm


'A small masterpiece. There is something funny, notable or awe-inspiring on every single page. Some books simply slide into your life like good-humoured old friends. This is undoubtedly one of them.' - Jenny Colgan, Spectator

‘The bookiest book about books you’ll ever read – I loved it.’ - Lucy Mangan, author of Bookworm

‘Truly delightful… charming and gracefully learned… Louise Willder, a copywriter with decades of experience, brings so much joy and, indeed, enthusiasm to her book about books that anyone who revels in reading will find real enchantment here. I couldn’t have had more fun.’ - Benjamin Dreyer, author of the New York Times bestseller Dreyer’s English

'A little marvel...consummately brilliant' - Daily Mail

‘Very funny, erudite and profound. A delight!’ - Nina Stibbe

‘I love this book’s sheer happiness and humanity. It is rich, wise and soul-awaking, exhilarating-like-the-snowman-flying-through-the-air-of-human-gloriousness. And, God, she's funny. Buy it, read it, give it.’ - Martin Latham, author of The Bookseller’s Tale

‘Wise and witty...she is full of vim, blessed too with an unusual sense of enquiry, a comic turn of phrase and a talent for investigation into almost every nook and cranny of the business and pleasure of books.’ - Carmen Callil, The Oldie

‘This total gem is an illuminating, dazzling, quirky, fascinating, erudite, thought-provoking, hilarious and totally essential celebration of the outside of books. Willder is my new style icon.’ - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice

'Bookworms will devour this' - Good Housekeeping

‘This book is ace! A must-read for any and every writer or book-obsessed person!’ - Sophie Hannah

‘Jammed with funny, curious and stylish thoughts and insights, Blurb Your Enthusiasm will be loved by absolutely everybody with an obsessive interest in books and their appearance.’ - Simon Winder, author of Germania

'Studded with jewels' - Literary Review

‘Tracking the blurb through history, literary practices, authors’ lives, reading habits, and more, Willder opens up the world of wordplay that lies at the heart of writing and publishing.’ - Idler

‘Willder’s breezy book sweeps across publishing history, imbuing her research and professional expertise with the tantalizing thrill of dinner party gossip … so smart and witty that you barely realize how much she is teaching about writing’ - Ron Charles, Washington Post

‘[Willder] is a charming guide not just to blurbs, but to first lines, hatchet jobs, puffs … I couldn’t, as the cliché goes, put it down.’ - Laura Freeman, The Times, Best Books of 2022

‘With chapters on swearing, spoilers and silliness (all acceptable in moderation), Willder makes a fine case for the blurb as an art form in its own right.’  - Daily Mail

‘Delightful … charming … this book feels like the surprising pleasure of a mimosa with breakfast or a bawdy song after dinner… Willder is the perfect guide’  - Carrie Callaghan, Washington Independent Review of Books

‘Uproarious, gossipy and utterly fascinating: a masterclass in how to judge a book by its cover. It makes words seem weird and wild again.’ - Henry Eliot, author of The Penguin Classics Book

‘For anyone who needs or wants to use words persuasively, this is the most enjoyable masterclass you’ll ever read.’ - Rob Williams, screenwriter of Killing Eve and The Victim

'A zingy compendium… A crisp reminder of how profoundly words can affect us.’ - Sunday Business Post

'With chapters on swearing, spoilers and silliness (all acceptable in moderation), Willder makes a fine case for the blurb as an art form in its own right.' - Daily Mail

‘Louise Willder’s witty guide Blurb Your Enthusiasm is a treat for insiders and book-world fans… Wilder celebrates the practice of turning literature into a catchy product that both illuminates people about a book and retains the book’s mystique.’ - Foreword Reviews

‘A delight… She is a delightful and amusing guide to the subject. One for the book lover in your life.’  - Herald (Glasgow)

‘Funny and anecdote-crammed history of the art of the book blurb. You’ll definitely never read book jackets the same way again.’ - Reader's Digest

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“I didn't want this book to end”

Louise Willder writes blurbs for books. That is, she writes the words we see on the dust-jackets or backs of books, usually outlining the plot and helping us to decide whether we will like the book or not. She... More

Hardback edition
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Pam Wright/Alfie Blue Puss In Books

“Talk bookish to me”

This is a book lovers book, it is a love letter to all things book. I loved it. Being super bookish it was a book made for me and my follow bookworms.

Thank you to the author, NetGalley and Oneworld Publishing for... More

Hardback edition
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“Fascinating Insight into the Publishing Business”

A must-read for all authors, aspiring (like me) or published (well done) or even anyone who is a fan of books (so surely that means...everyone?). It's a fascinating insight into the publishing business, which, at... More

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