The angel of death presides over London during the Great Plague of 1664-1666, holding an hourglass in one hand and a spear in the other. Published in 'The Intelligencer', 26th June 1665. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Backlisted: A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe
John Mitchinson has worked in publishing for decades. He helped to found the television panel game show, QI, and has co-written all their books. He was Waterstones first marketing director and he has held senior publishing roles at Orion, Cassell and Harvill. He co-hosts Unbound’s Backlisted podcast.
Andy Miller is a reader, author and editor of books, most recently The Year of Reading Dangerously (4th Estate). He has also written books about how much he likes the Kinks and how much he dislikes sport. He is reader in residence at the Durham Book Festival. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Spectator and Mojo, and he has written about film for the BFI. He has toured the country with his motivational lecture Read Y'self Fitter and appears regularly on BBC Radio, most recently on The Verb and The Museum of Curiosity.