Sam Leith: You Talkin’ To Me?
What’s it like to receive 300 books to review for a major national newspaper – every week? That is but one of the more-or-less impossible tasks that befalls a typical literary editor – which is what Sam Leith did for the Daily Telegraph. Highly regarded in the publishing business, Sam talks with us today about good reviews and bad reviews, about publishing and publishers, and about the future of the newspaper business.
In fact, Sam is the scion of a newspaper dynasty. Grandson of Sir John Junor (editor of the Sunday Express for 32 years) and son of journalist and author Penny Junor, Sam rose through the ranks to become Literary Editor: until, that is, things suddenly changed.
Today, he’s crossed the floor to become an author (an interesting experience for a former literary editor). The author of two previous non-fiction titles, Dead Pets and Sod’s Law and one novel, The Coincidence Engine, Sam has now written a book about rhetoric, You Talkin’ To Me?– a witty and elegant enquiry into the art of persuasion.
Sam is a fascinating conversationalist – you’ll enjoy this romp of a discussion that ranges from Barak Obama to Kerry Katona… by way of Plato and Kate Moss. And a dash of Evelyn Waugh, too!