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Where is the good stuff?

5 May 2003

'The deal in British publishing is supposed to be that the crap is published and put up with because it funds the good stuff. I'm afraid that I have to ask, where is the good stuff? To quote the Manics: "Libraries gave us power." Not any more they don't. They're stuffed full of Sophie Dahl and Naomi Campbell's novels, along with Tony Parsons's drivel, a gang of floppy-fringed public schoolboys and their precious pointless literary fictions, a few failed PR girls and all the rest of the cobblers that passes for a publishing culture these days.'

Matthew Branton, who is giving away his new novel, The Tie and the Crest, on the net at, in an interview with Miranda Sawyer in the Observer.