Should you finish every book you start? How has your family influenced the way you read? How is the Nobel Prize like the World Cup? Why do you hate the book your friend likes? What happens to your brain when you read a good book? As a novelist, translator and critic Tim Parks, is well-placed to investigate any questions we have about books and reading. In this collection of lively and provocative pieces he talks about what readers want from books and how to look at the literature we encounter in a new light.