Tuesday September 22, 2020

Artistic licence: Ban the blurb hyperbole

Before a book gets published, there’s a stage in the editing process which is rarely talked about. That’s the point at which the manuscript is sent to a variety of well-known authors in the hope that they will read the book and agree to enthusiastica

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

16th April, 2011

It has become a business in itself,this book blurb thing. Of late, you can’t move for fawning, bombastic adjectives rolling in from famous authors who appear desperately keen to big up other authors who apparently have accomplished the literary equivalent of scaling Everest in naught but their underwear, such is the scale of their achievement with their new novel. Here’s a random blurb sample from the new books around my desk.Of John Boyne’s book The...

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