I Wish I’d Written It
The new year is a time to make dreams come true… and if you could make one authorial wish come true, what might it be? Perhaps you’d like the ultimate rave review from a legendary author such as Stephen King, along these lines: “this one gets the writer’s ultimate bit of praise: I wish I had written it”. That’s exactly what happened to our guest Erin Kelly tonight; her first novel The Poison Tree found its way onto Mr. King’s desk, and that is what the great master wrote. With an endorsement like that, who needs reviews?
Jill Wolfson’s latest YA book, the deeply emotional Cold Hands, Warm Heart is inspiring a similar degree of passion amongst its readers – or should we say, fans. Set in the life-and-death world of organ transplants, and meticulously researched by Jill, the book is a fabulous story about young people who are learning – in extreme circumstances – what’s most important in life: love, work, a sense of purpose and community.
Philip Jones, deputy editor of The Bookseller and founder of FutureBook, is here to give us an eagle-eyed overview of the state of the publishing business. There are so many contradictory views, so much noise, and so many axes being ground that it’s increasingly hard to determine exactly what happening and what’s likely to happen this year. Philip is one of the industry’s leading commentators, and you’ll find his insights both clear and astonishing… it’s a must-listen!
Presented by Peter Cox with Dave Bartram and the awesome Ali in the chat room.
Illustration by AZRainman