Except for when I am driving, I like to keep one eye craned in the literary world. Who is writing what, for whom. A lot of it is pretentious nonsense. Novels that take pages to describe the snow falling. But there is also a lot of genuinely good writing. And I like to know what the market is calling for.
Although, since I rarely read fiction, I don’t buy it. Pippa Middleton, Kate Middleton’s sister, herself tried her hand at writing in Celebrate. A book not of the literary genre:
Literary guru David Godwin masterminded the deal with Penguin that saw Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, pocket an estimated £400,000 advance from publisher Michael Joseph.
Under Godwin’s expert guidance, she set out to style herself as the go-to party planning expert. But she failed to impress observers astounded that someone without real writing experience had managed to secure such a substantial offer.
Insiders were more baffled as to why she was being represented by an agent whose stable includes highbrow writers such as biographer Claire Tomalin, novelist Vikram Seth and historian William Dalrymple. In the end, despite Godwin’s expertise, Pippa’s guide was a flop.