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I agree with… Matt Haig

Matt Haig “I think there would be nothing duller or more counterproductive than a ‘safe’ book market. The quickest way you could kill books in their tracks is to stop taking risks, because when risks pay off, they pay off with dividends. For instance, my fellow judge [Haig is chair for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize] Sam Jordison is a founder of Norwich’s Galley Beggar Press which took a risk on Eimear McBride’s risk-taking ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ [which won the 2014 Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction]. We need to have more confidence in books now than ever before. We need to push and publish the boldest, brightest works in order for books to remain the most vital of all art forms, and one that could never die. For the world of publishing to last, it makes sense to look for books that could last. Brilliance must be rewarded.” [writing in ‘The Bookseller’ magazine, June 20, 2014] Nothing ventured nothing gained. Matt is an author, but I think he is addressing everyone in the UK book trade. Authors need to have the confidence to keep taking risks, believe in their own work, and not feel pressured to ‘change things’ in
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