Many things constitute a publisher's nightmare. From concept to production, sales to promotion. All the myriad details that involve making a book become A Book ... But somewhere near the top of books that don't get to cross over into "Dream Come True Peppered With Nightmare Quotient" are: Poems about poetry and books about writing a book
Unless they're brilliant!
And Adam Sisman's "Presumptuous Task" falls squarely into the brilliant category. A riveting read as pacey as any English Drawing Room Thriller, and one where we already know the "Whodunit".
Boswell's encyclopaedic "The Life Of Samuel Johnson" is beyond thesis, it has spawned theses. And Sisman takes us into the story behind the story that changed a genre of literature. An undertaking directly responsible for what we consider modern-day biography.
Rife with the thrills and pitfalls of both writing and publishing, as well as insight into Boswell's character. Sisman's "Presumptious Task" is a definitive must-read for any author, publisher, and anyone that cares for the art of literature.
And it's fun!
Find a copy of Boswell's Presumptuous Task at Waterstone's