The Secret Author

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

Why are publishers so sniffy about stocking fillers?

Women now dominate the literary landscape

Why are there so few conservatively-minded novelists?

Small local publishers are putting out the brightest and best new work

There are now so many awards that not winning one must seem a source of shame

When a new major title by a big cheese arrives, expect a tidal wave of rolled logs

The magazine that declares its main aim is to review books does anything but

Bringing back the Net Book Agreement would be a good start for badly-paid authors

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