Zero. Zip. Nada.

Nothing. The Number 0 is nothing. Yet, it isn’t nothing in some ways. 10 is not 1. 100 is not 10. Zeroes are important, but they still represent nothing.

The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger is certainly worth reading. It is historical fiction, based on a small fact, blown into a larger detailed story. It is set in the nineteenth century, in Egypt, and features an English woman living there to recover from TB. You should read it. I’m not saying anything else, because, well, you have to just read it and catch a glimpse of a far-away place and a far-away time.

What are you reading? I hope it isn’t nothing.

Other books featuring zero or nothing in the title in my database of books that I think are worth reading:

  • Count Zero by William Gibson.
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson (I’ve only read Volume 1: The Pox Party so far.)

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