Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ineffective and unfruitful writing of old age

By the end of Torgny Lindgren’s Hash the “former writer” is set to enjoy a much-improved old age.  The map he drew for Linda has led her to gold in Aveberg mountain, and her chauffeur-driven Bentley is taking him from … Continue reading

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These books are not meant to be used

In Anne Tyler’s The Beginner’s Goodbye, Aaron’s family, colleagues and neighbours try to help him adjust to his new life after his wife is killed by a falling tree. At Woolcott Publishing, the family firm he runs with his sister … Continue reading

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The inalienable schizophrenia of publishers

Fleur Talbot’s novel nearly doesn’t see the light of day. “I made an appointment with Revisson Doe for three-thirty that day. I tried to pump him on the phone, whether there was ‘something wrong’ with my Warrender Chase but he … Continue reading

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