The week in books: Why bookshops are killing life writing; St Cyril on trial; and the Orange longlist | Books | The Guardian

A mel­an­choly piece in the Guardian Review this morn­ing caught my eye. Biographer Michael Holroyd, writ­ing about the sale of bio­graphy:

What cre­ates demand? If only we knew. Publishers seem to out­siders to be para­lysed by cau­tion in these dif­fi­cult times, ask­ing them­selves what sold last year and hop­ing to repro­duce it. How often I have heard them say: “this book did not sell”. I have nev­er heard them say: “we did not sell this book”.

The week in books: Why book­shops are killing life writ­ing; St Cyril on tri­al; and the Orange long­list | Books | The Guardian

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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