Number four on his list--
--caught my eye because, it just so happens, Hardy was getting smacked around today by Sam Jordison on the Guardian's books blog.Worst book I’ve ever readAnything by Thomas Hardy. He must be the worst writer ever to be taken seriously. His writing is bad at every level and in every way.
Here's number six on McCarthy's list:
And number ten:My favourite novel that no one else seems to have heard ofGrabinoulor by Pierre Albert-Birot. Guy sees an object on his mantelpiece isn’t straight, then realises it’s the mantelpiece itself that isn’t straight, then the foundations of his house, then the axis of the earth. As he goes about fixing it he causes earthquakes, tsunamis, etc… A hundred little episodes like that. Predates Ulysses, to boot.
Deceased author I’d most like to do it withRead the whole list, along with a brief biography of Tom McCarthy.
Emily Dickinson. With a name like that...