The new issue of Private Eye is out, with the usual incisive examination of the publishing world, published under “Literary Review” (pp. 26-27). There we find a curious bottom-of-the-column filler, “How bestsellers are made”:

Take one chunky Victorian thriller. Add a mysterious gent in long coat and top hat with his back turned to the reader. Add a generous drizzle of sepia. And voilà — three of this summer’s top-selling beach reads. Are their designers by any chance related?

A good point, well made, and with  interesting cultural and social implications. Almost as interesting and well-made when 3 Minute Theologian considered the same phenomenon in January 2009 under the title “Literature and Lone Wolf“.

As Private Eye usually asks: “I have just noticed the resemblance between … and wonder if by any chance they are related?”