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'A writer's passion'

20 September 2010

'A writer's passion, his belief in his work, is what keeps him going through those long, dark stretches when it seems as if no one is ever going to get it. But if a writer has got himself out there - just a toe in the water - then readers' passions come into play too, and in the age of Amazon and e-readers independent booksellers still have a huge role to play. A bookseller you trust is like a friend; you may not believe the reviews you read online, but if someone looks you in the eye and presses a book into your hands, that's different.'

Erica Wagner, Literary Editor of The Times