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