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Why can't the hero of an English novel ever be "right wing"?

Updated: Jan 1

"When my second novel was named "book of the month" by a prestigious literary organisation three years ago, a title previously won by such luminaries as Hilary Mantel and Cormac McCarthy, I imagined there would be a corresponding boost to sales and in terms of reviews.

Instead, my novel, "Out of Office", sank without trace. Not one national newspaper gave the book even a negative review; it flounders somewhere around the million mark on Amazon. My publisher, Legend, who had given me a respectable advance, was disappointed and puzzled. It may not be Proust, but overall everyone, including several other authors, thought the book was thought-provoking, powerful and funny - so what was the problem?"

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