Stephen Amidon

Lack of Money Poisoned his Soul at First

Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure


Faber & Faber 352pp £15.99 order from our bookshop

For a writer, failure can be as slippery a notion to define as success. Everybody knows about the millionaire authors with seven–digit sales whose low self–esteem causes them to bristle at bad reviews in Denmark. Less visible are the legion of fledgling scribblers who see their stories published in little magazines as placing them on the cusp of eternal fame. Try telling them they are failures and you’re likely to wind up with a Biro in your ear.

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