Top 10 Book Titles That Are Tributes To Previous Books
Thanks to Tom Harris for this one. He was reading Denis MacShane’s new book, Should work always lose?, a reference to Should the work lose?, by Mark Abrams and Richard Rose in 1960.
1. Instead of conflicts, 1969. It was a government white paper, which is essentially a book, and referred to Instead of fear, a 1952 book by Aneurin Bevan. Thanks to Carl Gardner.
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, 1979. Homage to Hitchhiker’s Guide to Europe, Ken Welsh, 1971, a popular precursor of budget guides such as Lonely Planet. Thanks to Jonny Morris, who provided a photo.
3. The Falcon Malteser, Anthony Horowitz, 1986. A reference to the 1941 film based on the 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett. One of a series of books, The Diamond Brothers, with titles based on films including the upcoming Where the seagulls dare. Nominated by Alain Tolhurst and John Ruddy.
4. Change train, Steven Norris, 1996. Submission of former transport minister Steven Norris: a reference to Mr. Norris changes trains by Christopher Isherwood, 1935. Thanks to Darren Sugg.
5. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Helen Fielding, 1999. A reference to Jean-Paul Sartre The age of Reason, 1945, itself a reference to the work of Thomas Paine The age of Reason, 1794-1807. Nominated by the man of worth
6. 1966 and all that, the autobiography of Geoff Hurst, 2001, and also the title of Craig Brown’s 2005 update of the Sellar and Yeatman original. Good double nomination by John Blake.
7. Celsius 7/7, Michael Gove, 2006, subtitled How the West’s appeasement policy sparked even more fundamentalist terror – and what to do now. A reference and a refutation of Fahrenheit 9/11, the 2004 film by Michael Moore, itself a reference to Fahrenheit 451, the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel. Thanks to James Johnson.
8. The decline and fall of the British Empire, Piers Brendon, 2008. Nominated by Richard Vaughan. Evelyn Waugh got it right Decline and fall, 1928, pointed out Stephen Date, Cole Davis and Gavin Kelly.
9. First among suites, Jasper Fforde, 2007. The fifth book in the Thursday Next series. Thanks to Peter Elliott.
ten. A story of two kittens, lord of the fleas, For who rolls the ball and Recover-22. All titles from the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey, 2017-19. Thanks to Simmy Richman.
So many good starters this week. No place for Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens’ tribute to Socket-22 by Joseph Heller (nominated by Mark Casci); The Chronicles of Banarnia by Robert Rankin (Kipplewinker); that of Keith Thomas Religion and the decline of magic, from Tawney Religion and the rise of capitalism (Pat Roberts); The capital in the 21st century, Thomas Piketty (Geoffrey Mamdani); Cider Aux Roadies by Stuart Maconie (Richard Evans); and Kremlinology of kisses by Barbara Bleiman, from Tchekhov’s The kiss (named by itself).
Jonathan Bergdahl tried to name A travel, by Tony Blair, claiming it was a tribute to Exodus. Didn’t get past censorship.
Next week: Musical shots on TV and in the movies, like Vivaldi’s “Spring” Four Seasons for any American-made scene involving an English stately home.
Upcoming: Actors who changed careers by playing roles, like Virginia McKenna, who created the Born Free Foundation after playing Joy Adamson in the film.
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