Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Sherlock Holmes shop
Our Birmingham Shop
Books We're Talking About
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Philip Pullman: Celebrity authors are sidelining genuine talent

19th October 2010

Philip Pullman has expressed his despair at the publishing world's fixation with celebrity authors, claiming it is damaging to 'real' writers.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph at the recent J.M. Barrie Award ceremony, the author said he is not opposed to anyone writing a book but argued that only good works should be worthy of being published.

Pullman, whose bestselling children's books include Northern Lights, added that he believes many celebrity books are not of sufficient quality to warrant publication and claimed that audiences are actually reading the words of a ghost writer, not the attributed star, in the majority of cases.

'The pity is that publishers throw so much money at books of this kind and serious writers, who depend on the publishers to make their living and who have real talent, are getting sidelined,' he told the newspaper.

Pullman may have to deal with more celebrity works appearing on book shop shelves for some time to come, however. Speaking to the Bookseller earlier this year, Hachette UK chief executive Tim Hely Hutchinson said celebrity memoirs are one of the non-fiction genres that look set to remain profitable in the coming years.
 

Latest Blog
#FoylesFive: Graphic Novel Gifts
01/12/2016

Matt from our web team shares his great graphic novel gifts, that will make someone's Christmas extra special.

#FoylesFive: Stocking Fillers
28/11/2016

Jay from our Birmingham branch fills us with Christmas cheer, and is on hand to help fill your Christmas stockings with gorgeous books.

#FoylesFave: Jim Henson's Labyrinth Tales by Cory Godbey
25/11/2016

If, like Andi, Labyrinth is one of your favourite films, you won't want to miss this gorgeous book.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd