The Racoon in the Room Full of Rocking Chairs

Anthony Horowitz quotes an inter­view with Giles Foden, author and pro­fess­or of cre­at­ive writ­ing at the University of East Anglia.

At any event, he was asked—broadly—about the place of lit­er­ary books in the new world and he replied: “It’s hard to estab­lish what is good and what is not. Barnes, Amis and McEwan were the last people through the door and then the door closed and the build­ing fell down.”

I don’t think the situ­ation is get­ting worse for lit­er­ary writers. Yes, lit­er­ary fic­tion com­prises a small por­tion of the mar­ket, but this has been the case for dec­ades, per­haps longer. And while the chefs’ books and celebrity mem­oirs are pop­u­lar dur­ing their mar­ket­ing win­dow, they don’t last. Literary fic­tion — and good fic­tion in gen­er­al — has a long tail.

Falling down |

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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