'I read every Arthur C. Clarke book the Zodiac Bookshop had to offer. Science at school was dull, but what I learned in Clarke novels kept me interested. Laser beams would be invisible in space without dust to scatter their rays into your eyes...'
'I have seven older brothers. In the seventies, when I was still very young, I can remember waking up at night to the house full of soldiers and policemen. To cupboards being emptied. The boys being led away. This was during Internment.'
Miranda Miller considers some examples of the ‘political novel’, and reflects on what draws readers to novels of ideas.
Regional dialects used in writing can offer a richness and vitality not to be found in works written in standard English, argues Ray French. Then why are publishers wary of committing to this kind of writing?