for December, 2017

Rejection and connection

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Like most writers (I’m guessing) I love famous rejection stories. Last week saw the dismissal of a Nobel Prize winner’s book by 19 publishers. 12 wrote back rejecting Claude Simon’s 1962 novel ‘The Palace’, submitted under a pseudonym by a fan, and 7 didn’t reply. In 1984 Doris Lessing, another laureate-to-be writing under a synonym, […]

What the Donald?

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I was amazed to learn the other day that ‘What the dickens’ doesn’t come from Charles but Shakespeare. ‘I cannot tell what the dickens his name is,’ says Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Which begs the question, did Charles Higginbotham or Grundible or something, re-surname himself in honour of the Bard? (Probably […]