The Secret Author

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

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

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

Leave literary reviews to reviewers rather than score-settling academics