Extraordinary in its scope and ambition, "The Maker of the Omnibus" is the first ever comparative study of the lives of English writers, spanning styles and centuries in a compelling and illuminating way. In this irresistible treasure-trove, Jack Hodges has taken a selection of writers and explored their lives and characters: how far do work-methods differ; what is inspiration; to what extent do background and education play a part; and, is creativity driven by suffering. Through these themes, Hodges links and contrasts a vast cross-section of English writers, making this book at once an impressive academic feat, a hugely entertaining collection of anecdotes, and a testimony to the author's huge and eccentric life-study. Beyond its sequel, "The Heart of the Writer" (also to be reissued in Faber Finds) there is no book quite like this; and it is fun. 'Its a wonderfully rich book that those who care for writers and writing will find their own way of reading and using' - Edward Blishen, "Times Educational Supplement".
'The word that to me sums up the compiler of this treasure-trove is 'bookman' - Jack Hodges has a love not only of great literature, but also of books and authors in general, of otherwise long-forgotten memoirs, indeed of just about anything and everything to do with the printed word' - Ion Trewin, "City Recorder". 'It is characteristic of this book that, almost by chance, it seems to raise the most profound issues of creativity' - Peter Ackroyd, "The Times Saturday Review".
Publisher: Faber & Faber