The question then becomes: how to find the books which will most resonate with your personal taste?You could follow hallowed tradition and judge the books by their covers, or the physical beauty of the authors.

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After all, the event is 100 percent free for daters and non-daters alike.

“Unlike with traditional speed dating, we’re open to whatever chaos comes along eventually,” Hill explained.

There are thirteen authors on this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist.

If you’re the kind of person who takes an interest in such things, if you’re eager to participate (at least passively and conceptually) in the judges’ decision, and wish to consider more than the authors’ names and their cover designs, then you may have a vague intention of reading some or all of the books on this list. Let’s be clear: it’s very unlikely that you will find the time to read thirteen novels in the next three months.

Hill admitted that he’s never used Tinder, but thinks that even speed dating (which, in a way, was the gimmicky precursor to fast left-swiping when it was developed by a Beverly Hills-based Orthodox rabbi in the late ’90s) offers the chance for a realer experience.

“I think it’s an opportunity to actually meet people and meet them not in a superficial way, and it’s cool now, because people often don’t meet in-person,” Hill said.

Chris Duffy is a comedian, improviser, teacher, host, and writer.

He's the host and creator of You're the Expert, the show that uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting.

Who can afford to buy thirteen (mostly hardback) books these days anyway?