Online Exhibition

A crowd-sourced exhibition of literary telephones

Reflecting on the long history of creative calling, the Crossed Lines project invited contributions to an online exhibition of literary telephones.

This exhibition features around 90 texts spanning over 130 years and we received nominations for writers from around the world. You can scroll through our exhibition below. The texts are arranged according to the first date of publication or performance (or, in some cases, composition). Please click on a book cover for more information.

This exhibition is still growing. If you would like to nominate a text, please submit your entry to You will need to include:
– The title, author and publication details of your chosen text
– A quotation or extract from the text (maximum 150 words)
– A brief account of the role of the telephone in the text (maximum 200 words)
– A colour photograph (jpg) of the front cover of the text

Crossed Lines is an AHRC-funded research project led by Dr Sarah Jackson in partnership with the Science Museum and the BT Archives.