How to judge a book? By its cover? By what other people say? By the first few paragraphs?
There are those who advocate a different approach – reading Page 69. Or indeed, asking the author to read and comment on it themselves.
I’ve just been asked for some thoughts on Caveat Emptor – slightly alarming when it turned out that, being the start of a chapter, the page in question only offered 19 lines to work with. But it seemed a shame to cheat, and in the end I enjoyed playing the game. The results – along with those of a host of other writers – can be found over at The Page 69 Test.