In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W. H. Mallock's A Human Document , and began cutting and pasting the extant text to create something new. This new fifth edition of Tom Phillipss perennially popular book follows its predecessors by incorporating revisions and re-workings over half the pages in the 1980 edition are replaced by new versions and celebrates an artistic enterprise that is over 45 years old and still actively a work in progress. Utterly original, delightful, and idiosyncratic David Lodge Sly, humorous, erotic and endlessly fascinating . (Edward Lucie Smith, The Sunday Times ). Turns a forgotten work into a thing of rare beauty . (Bernard Levin, The Sunday Times ). Intricate, philosophical, romantic and often funny . (Michael Kustow, The Guardian ). One of the freshest and most original pieces of art literary work you are likely to see . (Evan Anthony, The Spectator ).