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AN AUTHOR’S LIFE

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wordle 9A bed of roses… Or a bed of nails?

60% of people polled by YouGov put ‘Author’ as most desirable way to earn a living.

But what’s being an author really like?

Come and find out on March 28th, when, as part of the Oxford Literary Festival, novelists Elizabeth Edmondson and Juliet McKenna tell you the truth about the writing life, from traditional publishing to ebooks, from self-publishing to being a hybrid author.

Surviving the rough seas and rocky shores of 21st century writing

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GENRE FICTION IS NO DIFFERENT TO LITERARY FICTION

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book-genreOxford Literary Festival, 29 March 2014

Elizabeth Edmondson, supporting the motion.

To begin with, I dislike both these terms. Genre fiction is a nasty neologism – when did genre turn into an adjective?

I object to the term literary fiction for a different reason. It’s weasel-wording, in that it conflates lit fic with literature. It was clever, clever marketing by publishers and academics to set certain contemporary fiction apart and declare it Literature – and therefore Important, Art and somehow better than other writing. Read More

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Fencing With Death

Budapest in the late nineteen-fifties is no place for an innocent abroad.

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Night & Day

Downton Abbey meets Greek myth.

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The Villa on the Riviera

The French Riviera is the setting for this absorbing tale of family intrigue, scandal and romance, against the glamorous background of 1930s artists and aristocracy.

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The Villa in Italy

An irresistible invitation to a magical place.

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Devil’s Sonata

EVIL NEVER DIES. It begins with a book. It ends in fire.

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The Frozen Lake

One family Christmas uncovers two generations of secrets…