In literature, the child’s-eye view is one of the most difficult things to pull of convincingly. As a writer, on the one hand, you run the risk of being schmaltzy; on the other, it is easy to take false steps that betray you and short-circuit your intentions. Read more

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The blurb of my edition of Stet — Diana Athill’s riveting, funny and must-read memoir about her 50-odd years as one of London’s best-known publishers — has this quote from the Washington Times: “Athill has written a book that should please anyone who cares about 20th century literature and its creators.” Read more

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In May this year, while I was a Writer in Residence and Visiting Fellow at the University of Chichester in Sussex, I gave a talk on ‘The Self in Writing’: how writing emerges from the self of the writer, and how it transcends it; and how the writer is everywhere and nowhere in his work. Read more

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The Man Booker longlist was announced last week. Four first-time novelists appear on it. Three independent publishers make their debuts. Read more

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