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Anna Burns: a star, of a literary nature, is born

These days, people don’t expect to make it in the creative arts unless they’re Instagram-savvy, picture-perfect commodities – so Anna Burns’s Booker win is surprising and welcome news

Sometimes I wonder how much being a successful novelist has to do with, you know, being actually able to write a good novel. In a world taken over by marketing, it seems as though being a gifted author of words is less important to publishers currently than more pragmatic concerns, such as dominance on social media and having status as an ‘influencer’ type.

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