Andrew Taylor

A thriller that breaks down the publishing office door

Writers' Block, by Judith Flanders, is a wicked insider satire as well as an enjoyable caper

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Like teenage children and their parents, authors and publishers have a symbiotic relationship characterised by well-justified irritation on both sides. Judith Flanders’s career bridges this divide. She is now best known as an author of innovatory and formidably detailed books on Britain’s social history in the 19th century. But she also has worked as a publisher, which gives her an insider’s knowledge of the murkier byways of literary London.

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