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Scott Turow decries ‘slow death’ of the American author | Novelist and Authors Guild president fulminates against depletion of writers’ incomes by publishers, libraries and copyright changes. Alison Flood reports at The Guardian.
Robert Louis Stevenson on writing: lose the ‘twaddling detail’. A newly published essay by Stevenson, written around 1881, is full of advice, with references to Shakespeare for true ‘sensation’. Alison Flood reports at The Guardian.
Alison Flood with a portrait about Ruth Rendell, alias Barbara Vine, who recently has published her new novel The Child’s Child. Why Mrs. Rendell never met a murderer – read more at The Guardian.
»Bloomsbury is rumoured to have paid around £1m for The Little Friend. «.
Alison Flood reports about the new novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Read more at The Guardian.
»A worthy addition to the canon of the author known as the father of the modern police novel, Harbour Nocturne should not be missed.«
»This very contrast might prove problematic for the author in future books; Fox was a compelling hero in previous novels but he’s pallid in comparison with Rebus.«
News | Alison Flood about Miss Gladden, No. 1 in ladies’ detective tradition back in print after 150 years
»Literary ancestor to Miss Marple, Lisbeth Salander and Nancy Drew, the redoubtable Miss Gladden – the first ever female detective in British fiction – is set to make her reappearance after almost 150 years out of print.«
Alison Flood has news about Miss Gladden, the No. 1 in ladies’ detective tradition. The British Library is bringing Andrew Forrester‘s The Female Detective back into print. Read more at guardian.co.uk.
»You don’t read a literary critic to explain why a new Ian Rankin is any good – the people who know about him don’t need that explaining. If we’re going to keep literature and language alive, we have to be alert to the new, the things which aren’t like what’s been before.«
Books Bloggers are killing literary criticism? Peter Stothard, chair of this year’s Booker prize judges, says so. You will find his view at independent.co.uk. And Alison Flood reports at guardian.co.uk.