The hand fed me; I bit it
Grateful to the wonderful people at Elliott & Thompson for turning round the book of The Banned List, published today, so well and so quickly.
I have repaid their wonderfulness by writing a bitter and twisted critique of their business, for the excellent Book Brunch, a publishing news website. This is how it starts:
You obviously didn’t get the memo. The one that said the following words and phrases are compulsory throughout the publishing industry. By compulsory, of course, we mean you are compelled to use them. Which is why all new fiction is described as compelling.
Go and read the rest over there.
Meanwhile, continuing my series of celebrity endorsements, here is Louise Mensch MP, formerly Bagshawe (above), who contributed her least favourite word and phrase to the feature in The Independent on Sunday about the book:
Stakeholders – loathe it. I also hate “beyond imagination” used to trail movies, since, patently, it isn’t.
Make your nominations in the comments, or on Twitter, marked #bannedlist.Tagged in: banned list
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