People have always composed stories whether to teach moral lessons, to entertain, or to record important events in history. Today the range of excellent fiction available to read is truly breathtaking – and choosing the right novel to read from around the world and through the centuries can appear a little daunting. This ground-breaking volume makes the task much easier. Organised chronologically, and covering the whole range of literary styles, this indispensable reference traces the publishing history of world fiction. Discover the stories behind the adjectives: Dickensian, Kafkaesque, Rabelaisian and the writers behind the stories. In this book you’ll find critiques of the most important and bestselling fiction ever written. Delve into the pages of this sumptuously illustrated book and let general editor, Peter Boxall, guide you through the greatest novels that the world has to offer.