Ford Madox Ford recommended instead that readers “open the book to page ninety-nine and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you”. A new website, page99test.com, launches next month to test that premise. It will offer (courageous) authors and aspiring authors the chance to upload the 99th pages of their works and invite readers to comment on whether they would buy, or like to read, the rest… [From The Guardian]
I’ve yet to hear Jean-Pierre Sertin’s view on this, but I suspect that he will be cynical of the enterprise. After all, is not p.52 the key to a book’s heart?