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Lesley McDowell
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I'm a writer and literary reviewer for a number of broadsheets, and have been freelance now since 1998.
I'm a writer and literary reviewer for a number of broadsheets, and have been freelance now since 1998.

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On Emma Tennant, women writers and literary legacy
As I write, there have been three obituaries so far for the writer, Emma Tennant, who died on Friday January 20th 2017. My own obituary/tribute which I've written for The Herald , has yet to be published, and I understand at least one other newspaper is pla...
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Booker shortlistee Graeme Macrae Burnet and his publisher Sara Hunt tell all!
As you might expect, it’s been a heady time for publisher Sara
Hunt and novelist Graeme Macrae Burnet. For anyone who’s been in a cave these
last few months and doesn’t know, Graeme’s literary-historical-crime novel, His Bloody Project , a tale of multiple ...
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ManBooker Behaving Badly
After this year's longlist for the ManBooker prize was announced, Robbie Millen, literary editor of The Times complained about the lack of famous names like Julian Barnes put forward, arguing that there just weren't enough to attract sufficient numbers of b...
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Is stylised prose making a comeback?
I thought at first I was asking this question with my reviewer's hat on, after reading a few recent novels that seemed to me, anyway, to be excellent examples of stylised prose. Marlon James's debut, for example, John Crow's Devil , felt highly stylised, in...
Is stylised prose making a comeback?
Is stylised prose making a comeback?
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Is stylised prose making a comeback?
I thought at first I was asking this question with my reviewer's hat on, after reading a few recent novels that seemed to me, anyway, to be excellent examples of stylised prose. Marlon James's debut, for example, John Crow's Devil , felt highly stylised, in...
Is stylised prose making a comeback?
Is stylised prose making a comeback?
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How Did She Get So Much Of It Into Him? A Victorian Murder Mystery
In the early hours of March 23rd, 1857, a young man of French parentage, originally from Jersey but living now in Glasgow, staggered into his lodgings in agony. His name was Emile L'Angelier, and he would die from severe and excessive arsenic poisoning arou...
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The harm that loving characters too much can do
It's a tricky line for a writer to tread. How many of us have had novels rejected by publishers, who tell us that they "just didn't fall in love with" our characters? How many of us have had novels accepted because publishers tell us that they "just fell in...
The harm that loving characters too much can do
The harm that loving characters too much can do
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Do you have to be middle-class to be a writer?
I've decided to raise the thorny question of class and writing, partly because I recently saw a facebook post by another writer, who said that when she went to University, it was full of 'posh kids from private school.' Author James Kelman has been very voc...
Do you have to be middle-class to be a writer?
Do you have to be middle-class to be a writer?
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When the midlist is where you want to be
I was inspired to write this piece after being alerted by literary blogger Isabel Costello to this article on the Guardian's website on Monday: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/13/publish-brand-literature-hilary-mantel-jk-rowling?CMP=share_btn_tw T...
When the midlist is where you want to be
When the midlist is where you want to be
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On reviewing self-published work
As a writer who makes the bulk of her living reviewing for newspapers, I'm beginning to wonder if I should change my attitude to this question, or if I'm still on the right track about it. Up until now, I have believed very strongly that only the traditiona...
On reviewing self-published work
On reviewing self-published work
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