Writing for our young readers is the most important fiction of all


A few years ago, novelist Martin Amis gave an interview in which he claimed that the only circumstances in which he would write a children’s book were if he had suffered a serious brain injury. “In my opinion,” he said, “fiction is freedom and any restriction on that is intolerable. “

putting aside the fact that it is ridiculous to think that writing children’s fiction imposes constraints on the author – otherwise it has the opposite effect – the most surprising element of the quote is the haughty contempt Friends for Young Adult Fiction. It could be argued that this is the most important fiction of all. After all, is there a serious adult reader or writer who has not spent his life reading because he discovered the love of books when he was young?


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