Secret Author

The Secret Author is a former Professor of English and Creative Writing at a leading British university

Spare us the snooty superiority of “real” writers affronted by celebrity novels

More and more books are published but life is hard for the aspiring writer

Poetry has been put through the academic wringer and obfuscated by jargon

Leave literary reviews to reviewers rather than score-settling academics

Bereft of God and middle class values, authors are left with identity politics

The hip young authors who write about their greatest obsession – themselves

The Amis/Barnes/McEwan generation have dominated the book scene for too long

Literary reputations are made and broken by a self-appointed clique of bien pensant liberal intellectuals