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'This new literary democracy'

14 May 2007

'The idea that those of us who blog about books and reading might somehow be degrading literary taste is a patronising and ridiculous one... Those of us who belong to this new literary democracy write about all manner of books and cover a far wider range than the weekly book pages of the broadsheets and journals. How dare one of these 'literary mandarins' feel they are above us and, by implication, above book buyers and readers? We do it because we love books... and to demonstrate that the arrogant, lazy, stuck-in-the-mud, cliquey little set of literary editors and/or 'mandarins' is now almost totally irrelevant.'

Susan Hill, author and publisher, in her blog