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More nourishment from books

14 April 2003

'It seems to me that literary fiction is having a better time than commercial fiction at the moment, comparatively at least. I think that since 11 September, American readers have realised that we're living in more serious times and people want more nourishment from books. There's also more of an interest in translated fiction - people have been forced to pay attention to the fact that there are other places in the world.'

Nan Talese, Senior VP of Doubleday, quoted in the Observer