‘What fun this is! Ben Blatt’s charming book applies numerical know-how to questions of literary style, teasing out insights about cliffhangers, adverbs’ JORDAN ELLENBERG, author ofÂ How Not to Be Wrong
‘Lively … worthwhile … Read this book thoughtfully. It’s fun. And, I think, the shape of interesting things to come’Â The TimesÂ
‘Fascinating … the book had me humming with pleasure’Â The Sunday TimesÂ
Nabokov’s Favourite Word is MauveÂ is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books.
Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on?
Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane AustenÂ to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world’s greatest writers.Â
This is a lighthearted, humorousÂ book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to entertain.