Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bamber Gascoigne's six best books

Bamber Gascoigne is best known in Britain for being the quizmaster on University Challenge, which he presented for 25 years. More recently he has devoted himself to writing HistoryWorld, an interactive history of the world on the internet at

For the Daily Express he named his six best books. One title on the list:
Tristram Shandy
by Laurence Sterne

An amazing book, seeming like a modern experimental novel but written in the 18th century by an Anglican clergyman. You can dip in and out of it with constant pleasure.
Read about all six books on Gascoigne's list.

Tristram Shandy also appears among the top ten works of literature according to Peter Carey and Thomas C. Schelling's influential books.

--Marshal Zeringue