Literary Speed Reader

The early results are in on our booked-out literary speed dating and we’re offering a sneak peek of what speed daters are bringing.

Unsurprisingly, Tim Winton fared well with 8 people bringing along one of his titles - Cloudstreet was the most popular though the more obscure short story collection, Minimum of Two also got a mention. The most popular single title though was To Kill A Mockingbird, which this year celebrates its 50th year and proved a favourite with more than 10 daters opting for their copy of the Harper Lee classic. Jane Austen also proved popular though one wag is bringing along the mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, to ensure brainy conversation with potential partners.

But with only one book to pick, some speed daters went for the unusual. One is bringing along William S Burroughs' The Ticket That Exploded, the beat grandfather’s drug-soaked, paranoia-infused, almost sci-fi text that has only recently been re-released. A few graphic novels - Watchmen and Buddha - made an appearance. But in the time-poor impress-quick world of speed dating, who could go past Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter?

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