Paired with Andrea Levy

OK, so Amazon’s algorithms don’t always work too well. But I was pleased to see On the Holloway Road being offered with Andrea Levy’s Small Island for £9.93 in the “Frequently Bought Together” category.

I also like checking out the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…” section for my book. There are some great books in there like Mrs Dalloway and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, as well as some Julian Barnes, J.G. Ballard, Caryl Phillips and quite a bit of Shakespeare. Interesting to see what people who bought my book also liked. Having said that, a little further down the list is a swivelling potato peeler, so maybe I shouldn’t read too much into it.

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There are 5 comments

  1. Hi Andrew, Neil Gaiman Tweeted about an online writing analysis today. I put in a couple of paragraphs from my introduction to a poetry anthology I created for a class last semester. According to this website I write like Leo Tolstoy. Believe me I’m not reading a lot into that. It made me think of this post so I thought you might be curious to see what it came up with for you. The URL is :

  2. Hey, that’s a fun link! I put in the first few paragraphs of On the Holloway Road and it said I write like David Foster Wallace! Very flattering, but I think that you’re right, it’s best not to read a lot into it. Particularly as I put in another, more dialogue-heavy section, and it said I write like Dan Brown 😉

  3. Wow, that’s awesome! Even about the potato peeler. What’s funny is that right now I have your book right on top of McCarthy’s The Road, which I’ll be reading tomorrow. 🙂

    Oh, and those questions for your interview…I’m still so busy! I’ll be getting them to you soon. 🙂

  4. For my contemporary fiction module at uni, we had to read Julian Barnes, Andrea Levy, J.D Ballard and On The Holloway Road…

  5. Hi Sarah, thanks for visiting. Really? Which university was that? Maybe your professors have been using Amazon algorithms to generate their course material 🙂

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