Kathryn Hughes

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Negotiating With The Dead: A Writer On Writing


Cambridge University Press 219pp £13.50 order from our bookshop

Negotiating With The Dead is a tidied-up transcript of the Empson Lectures that Margaret Atwood delivered two years ago at Cambridge. ‘Negotiating with the Dead’ actually refers to the last lecture only; ‘A Writer on Writing’ is what the whole sequence is actually about. In these six substantial pieces, Atwood roams over all the things that worry authors most: money, critics, and how to cope when the only thing your readers seem interested in is where you get your hair done.

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