Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Imagine a time when you could actually judge a book by its cover — or by its title, anyway.
Reader, there was such a time! It was the 18th century.
Have a gander at this list of real novel titles from the seventeen hundreds and wish that we could be as plain-spoken and transparent today.
Instead of vague titles like The Luminaries, The Circle, or, indeed, Yesterday Road, books back then revealed exactly what you were getting into:
Atrocities of a Convent
‘Twas Wrong To Marry Him
Secrets In Every Mansion
A Novel Of Novel Kind — An Evening’s Amusement For Yourself And Friends, At Which Every One Is Invited To Laugh, But No One Obliged To Cry
And I’m especially fond of: The Adventures Of An Irish Smock, Interspersed With Whimsical Anecdotes Of A Nankeen Pair Of Breeches.
Maybe we should start a new Truth In Titles movement. It’d sure make things a lot easier!