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What’s in it for writers (and publishers) at Mold-on-Wold?

At a time when the Society of Authors and various big name writers are campaigning to get fees for those who perform at literary festivals in the UK, it’s interesting to read Mark McCrum’s Fest. Set at the Mold-on-Wold Literary … Continue reading

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Nice office for a struggling publisher

For Christmas, the BBC is showing a film that has a publisher for a central character. The trailer for Not Another Happy Ending can be seen here. The first impression is that everyone is suitably good looking and Tom Duvall, described as the … Continue reading

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Times change for a Soho Boy

In Funny Girl by Nick Hornby,“Bill didn’t know what you were supposed to do with books you’d written yourself. He didn’t know any publishers. He didn’t know any literary agents”. Surprisingly, his novel Diary of a Soho Boy (about homosexuality … Continue reading

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Author development is the key to survival

In Howard Jacobson’s gloriously filthy novel Zoo Time, writer Guy Ableman is having trouble adapting to changes in literary taste, publishing, reading and his private life. Guy is not the only one to be dismayed by the turn of events. “A couple … Continue reading

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How much memory do you need?

Victor Hugo, in his 1831 Notre Dame de Paris, famously made a connection between architecture and the printing press: “Il existe à cette époque, pour la pensée écrite en pierre, un privilège tout-à-fait comparable à notre liberté actuelle de la … Continue reading

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Faber publishes two books with same title – rejects a third

There are three books with the title In Love and War.  Alex Preston wrote one published by Faber & Faber in 2014 which is the story of Esmond Lowndes, the son of prominent British fascists, who is sent to Florence … Continue reading

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Everybody is writing

From the billionaire on the very first page it seems that everyone in Rachel Cusk’s Outline wants to be a writer. There is a lot of reading books, writing books (or trying to), quoting book titles, collecting books, even shelving … Continue reading

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Category publishing can include all this

It is fascinating to think that a fictional publisher could commission a single book that might fit all of these categories. Here is my cartoon for yesterday's @guardianreview. It relates to this article: http://t.co/z3zKDw4jmi pic.twitter.com/L3ZuIXp7x0 — Tom Gauld (@tomgauld) February … Continue reading

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A rare publisher in a poem

There are not many publishers in poetry, but in Annals, one of the poems in Christopher Reid’s collection Katerina Brac, we read the following. Every day, history takes place, even when nothing happens. I believe these things should be written … Continue reading

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The fate of most to fall short in expression

Ephraim is the penultimate story in Tamar Yellin’s collection Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes. In it, the narrator comes across a slim volume in the window of a provincial bookshop. Its author is Georg, an old student, who used … Continue reading

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