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John Sergeant slams celebrity writing culture

4th January 2010

Former politics correspondent John Sergeant has claimed the publishing industry is too focused on celebrities' literary efforts.

Speaking to ITN, the 65-year-old said publishing's determination to find a famous face to launch a book is an example of 'celebrity culture going mad'.

'A name and a potential book tour is far too high on the list of desirables. But that's what people want to buy,' he explained.

Sergeant added that this trend is making it difficult for people to launch a writing career, unless they are already in the public eye for something else.

The ex-ITN political editor previously told Radio Times that he repaid the advance for a third volume of his memoirs, because he thought it would be 'boring' to retread the same ground covered in previous volumes such as Give Me Ten Seconds.

Last year, Tulip Fever writer Deborah Moggach told the Daily Mail that the trend for publishers to favour books written by celebrities is 'deeply dispiriting'.

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