You didn't know that the same shifts in history writing which meant that Unstead could write history for children largely from below, was also changing history for grown ups, and so changing the path you'd marked out for yourself.
Cynan Jones speaks with James McConnachie about 'the square mile' in Welsh culture, the experience of re-telling stories, and the spark that sends him to the writing shed to get a pending novel down on the page.
Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Doris Lessing, John Fowles, A.S. Byatt — all have written novels with novelist protagonists. Charles Jennings finds none of them comes close to capturing the ‘neurotic headbanging inwardness’ of the real writer’s life.
Do reader’s care about seasonal lists? Heavy-duty books for Autumn and fluffy reads for the beach? Not a bit, says Katharine Grant. There was a time when seasonal publishing was dictated by the barges arriving laden with books; but with cheap printing, the re-order, and e-book, publishing seasons have become like fashion seasons: micro-sized and consumer led.