Book Song – How Richard Thompson helped build my imaginary library

  In writing a satire on the publishing industry I had the usual titular challenge of ‘what to call it’, settling on ‘Written Off’ in the end (my working title, naturally). But that was only the start. A book about publishing and wannabe authors meant I had to come up with the titles of around another twenty books, reflecting the many different genres into which my aspiring authors were dipping their nibs. How did I do it? I enlisted Richard Thompson for help. Not personally, but the vast catalogue of songs the singer/songwriter has composed over the past six decades. […]

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