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In the first instalment of 'My Genre’s Status', we talk to writers who feel that the kind of writing they do tends to be looked down upon, and consider the factors that may contribute to certain fields being literature's poor relations.

‘Reading a novel for pleasure, in the daytime, has in the past felt as decadent as a solo trip to the cinema whilst my children are at school.’

Paul Dowswell speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about the constraints of the publishing industry, the importance of drama in the stories you choose to write, and what he wants to convey to young readers about zealotry and totalitarianism.

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