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Mick Jackson: I write for readers not judges

9th April 2010

Mick Jackson is now more concerned about writing novels which appeal to readers rather than literary prize judges, he has claimed.

In an interview with the Guardian, The Widow's Tale author admitted that his priorities have changed since he was shortlisted for the 1997 Man Booker prize with The Underground Man.

Jackson explained that he used to consciously make his sentences 'more lyrical' in the hope that his writing would be favoured by judging panels, but he now 'takes pity on the reader'.

'I like the idea of a voice having momentum and a reader picking up on that,' he told the newspaper.

The author also revealed that, when he first started working on his latest book, it was a project he was pursuing for himself but he eventually realised it might be 'quite mainstream' and would appeal to readers.

A Daily Mail review of The Widow's Tale said the book may not sound like a 'very cheery read' due its bitter protagonist, but it is a poignant and enjoyable look at life and relationships.

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