Favorite Second Novels

The Royal Society of Literature is conducting a poll of UK residents to determine their favorite second novel. The competition is explained on the RSL’s website:

Second novels are a notorious challenge for writers. Whether their first novel was a triumph or a flop, the pressure is always on the follow-up. But what do readers make of second novels? Do we even know which of our favourite novels are second novels? We have decided to hold a public vote to raise literary awareness and discussion. We hope above all that the process will encourage people to read more novels.

Waugh’s Vile Bodies is among the books nominated for consideration, but the competition is stiff. Among other nominees are James Joyce’s Ulysses, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Lewis Carrolls’s Through the Looking Glass. Voting closes on 31 March and the winner will be announced on 5 April. Thanks to Dave Lull for sending us the link.

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