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.

Hundreds of books about books have been published during the past century…I will not claim that this one is the very best of all time. Yet The Book is possibly the best of our time.

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


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.