The Secret Author

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

Dispiriting as it may be, great authors are capable of writing bad books

We need heavyweights to separate good from bad

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