LSE Literary Festival - At the margins - are hard times good times for literature?
Speaker(s): Andrew Franklin, John Lanchester, Adrian Wooldridge
Chair: Miranda McKearney
Recorded on 12 February 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.
The publishing industry has arguably seen its worst financial year in decades, with flagging book sales and dwindling literature coverage in the national press. How will literature will fare in the current climate, and in the years to come? Will major publishers' dwindling revenues mean fewer - and less varied and ambitious - books on the market? Or is this a golden age for hard-edged, gritty recession literature, and incisive coverage of current social and political issues?