From Shady Characters

Books by Keith Houston

The Book hardcover. (W. W. Norton, 2016.)
The Book hardcover. (W. W. Norton, 2016.)

The Book is out now, published by W. W. Norton.

Erudite, playful, and illuminating…a splendid, challenging mixture of information and fun.

Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

Erik Spiekermann


Shady Characters paperback (W. W. Norton, 2014).
Shady Characters paperback (W. W. Norton, 2014).

Shady Characters is out now, published by W. W. Norton and Penguin Books.

Punctuation is not a mere ornament or a curiosity — it is essential, and we need to know about it. Keith Houston’s history is entertaining and readable.

Scholarly, highly readable and, on some deeper level, slightly deranged.