Books That Tore Up the Rule Book

Writers who dared to be different

Our Book Talk podcast features a review of S., a book that has been hailed as a "brand new reading experience". If S. has inspired you to break away from more conventional narratives and choose a more experimental read, we've gathered a selection of books that broke the established rules of writing. If you haven't heard it yet, listen to the podcast here and discover more about the myseries of S.:

S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

1. S.

J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

2. Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace
Ulysses cover

4. Ulysses

James Joyce
The Unfortunates by B S Johnson

5. The Unfortunates

B S Johnson
A Void by Georges Perec

8. A Void

Georges Perec
Nox by Anne Carson

9. Nox

Anne Carson
Lanark cover

10. Lanark

Alasdair Gray
A Day at the Office by Robert Alan Jamieson

11. A Day at the Office

Robert Alan Jamieson

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Sarah Barrie

Sarah is Scottish Book Trust's Website Manager

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