The book and whatever may be to come were rescued from certain oblivion by the sheer good fortune of finding an agent who before taking me on had gone to the trouble of offering real and specific encouragement. A first novel of 300,000 words by a 72-year-old sounds like someone trying to be funny. Acceptance by Faber and then by Harper Collins in the US - the recognition that all along one had been some good at it - took a lot of getting used to. Still does.
Monday, February 28, 2005
Six authors on the verge of their publishing debut tell The Observer how it feels. They include Charles Chadwick: