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Comment from the book world in April 2018

April 2018

'The good guys mostly win'

16 April 2018

‘When times are stressful and it looks like the bad is winning out over the good, along comes the genre of crime novels to put the balance back in life. People inherently don't like folks who do bad to get away with it. In real life they do all the time, because of a variety of factors. But in novels, evil is punished, and the good guys mostly win, after solving the puzzle...

People don't want to watch the news every day. I'm a news freak, but I get burnt out too.'

David Baldacci, author of Absolute Power, Memory Man and The Fallen, in The Times


'Words shrink things'

9 April 2018

'The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.'

Stephen King, author of a large number of novels, including Carrie and The Dark Tower

From dyspraxia to publication

2 April 2018

‘I was given the audio versions of some Harry Potters, read by Stephen Fry, and realised I could match the sound of the words to their shape on the page... Once I heard those Harry Potter books, I could then memorise them. To this day, I know the first three pretty well perfectly...

I submitted three chapters online to her (his agent Felicity Blunt at Curtis BrownSee Curtis Brown listing), and got an email back saying that she loved it and wanted more. We then worked on some rewriting before the book deal.'

Leo Carew, whose much-heralded fantasy first novel The Wolf has just been published by Headline and whose website features wild places he's visited, with fabulous photos.