The Digested Read
John Crace, Guardian Books, £9.99
It's a simple formula: 500 words to summarise a book of perhaps 500 pages, with a single-sentence summary of the summary. But in the 120 or so examples collected here, John Crace makes it something more. He's both a tart critic and a confident parodist. He can also pack an astounding amount in: short story collections, many-threaded novels, fat and rambling autobiographies. Nor does all that smother his jokes. Worth a place by any literary loo.