Reviews

DEATH OF A TYPOGRAPHER

“Nick Gadd’s Death of a Typographer is a romp of a novel. It’s a witty and playful quasi-detective fiction that’s populated by a motley crew of obsessives who swoon or grimace at particular letterforms. Gadd’s endearingly oddball characters ride on a narrative full of typographical jokes and exotic locations. You’ll never look at fonts again without appreciating their idiosyncrasies after reading this book.” – Thuy On, ‘Books of the Year 2019’, The Weekend Australian

“This clever, stylish, very funny novel will appeal to anyone who loves the printed word.” – Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald

“Through the pages of this much-more-than-your-average crime novel, Gadd provides a detailed, gripping and often hilarious glimpse into the world of typographers and their typefaces. It is a cracking read. Four-and-a-half stars” – Good Reading magazine

“It’s a great piece of work, a work with real heart, and that’s not such a common thing. I believed in and liked all the characters, and there are lots of funny bits. And the book had a quality, for me, which is hard to pin down – a kind of spirituality underneath the comedy, touching on some important things.” – Simon Loxley, author of Type: the Secret History of Letters

“Death of a Typographer is a joyous book – from a word nerd’s point of view I’ve never seen such fun being had with the sheer joy of fonts, and it’s a cracking yarn with great characters.” –  David Astle, presenter, Evenings, ABC 774 Melbourne

“This is a smart and funny book that revolves around typefaces. Lest you think that no one could possibly make a story out of such an arcane speciality, fear not – Gadd’s book is a whole lot of fun. It’s a mystery that’s full of wonderful in-jokes that bibliophiles will love.” – The Big Issue

“Nick Gadd’s Death of a Typographer is a clever romp, a kind of noir Dan Brown with serifs instead of angels, and a beautifully designed book into the bargain.” – Jane Sullivan, The Age/The Sydney Morning Herald 

“A romp of a book, sprightly and erudite.” – The Sunday Age

Set primarily in Melbourne with excursions to overseas destinations including a Tibetan monastery, the Peruvian plains, and Naples backstreets, Gadd’s novel is both a celebration and a gentle satire of typography. The typographical gags are a delight to discover.” – The Sunday Sun-Herald (Sydney)

“It’s very smart. Very funny. Deserves a big international release. An excellent summer read.” – Michael Cathcart, presenter, ABC Radio National

“A smart, witty, riveting read that made me laugh out loud and changed the way I see fonts.” – Angela Savage

“You might think Jasper Fforde has hit a new high, but Nick Gadd’s brilliant blend of humour, mystery and, yes, typography is all his own.” – Nick Earls

“And my book of the year is Death of a Typographer by Nick Gadd (@MelbourneCircle). A literary murder-mystery about a legendary, yet reclusive, typographer and the most beautiful font ever created. Full of in-jokes and intrigue, I was laughing out loud throughout.” – Scott Pack (UK)

“It’s so well paced, and so quirkily interesting that it held me to the very end. I loved seeing such an original idea carried through so stylishly.” – Gert Loveday’s Fun With Books (book blog)

“You thought using Comic Sans was a typographical crime? What about a type related murder? A witty crime parody, set in the seamy underworld of Dark Type. You’ll never see the printed word the same way!” – Charming Language (book blog)

Buy Death of a Typographer.

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