Tuesday, September 15

He’s right: who reads this depressing crap?

Michael Wood the chief judge for the Man Booker Prize has pleaded for authors to get a life, after slogging his way through some ‘pretty grim’ stories for the £50,000 prize. Authors, he said, were increasingly fascinated by stories about child abuse, amputations, murder, dementia, breast cancer and the trials of illegal immigrants. A seemingly bemused Professor Wood said ‘What’s quite interesting is to try to work out how the reader can have such pleasure in books where such terrible stuff happens.’

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