The stakes for first fiction

Rosemary Goring doesn’t have much hope for the Scottish literary novel now that “supermarketisation” has hit.

Turn the clock back to Alasdair Gray’s first novel, or Ali Smith’s debut short story collection, and, in today’s climate, the number of copies they sold would not get their second book as far as Waterstone’s unloading bay, let alone its shelves.

See also “‘Clone town UK‘ feared as book chains are cleared for merger.”

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