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'Rude about commercial fiction'

14 September 2009

'I find it bewildering how often people are rude about commercial fiction and how many really mediocre pretentious literary books are published every year. A lot of attention is paid to books that I quite often think are really shoddy.

What I want my books to be is some kind of escapism. I want you to get lost in them, I want you to feel like you are going on holiday with them and that you know them, that it could be you and that it's some representation of recognisable life, but with a bit more magic thrown into it.'

I hope my publishing background gives me a knowledge of what (publishers) do. Half is how good the book is and half is how well it's published.'

Harriet Evans, editor turned author of I Remember You in the Bookseller