In praise of ... Galley Beggar | Editorial

Galley Beggar had the courage to take a chance with an unknown author writing in an unconventional wayIf you hadn't previously heard of Galley Beggar of Norwich, that is hardly surprising. It's a small-scale operation set up by a local bookseller. But Galley Beggar has something which big publishers too often lack: the courage to take a chance with an unknown author writing in an unconventional way. So Galley Beggar decided to publish a novel that Eimear McBride had written 10 years before and which a string of major houses had rejected. Now the company, and she, have been rewarded with the choice of her novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing for the Baileys women's prize for fiction. The book was one of a clutch from publishers few people would ever have heard of that were chosen as best book of the year in the Guardian last Christmas in this case, by the Booker prizewinner Eleanor Catton. All are publishers, like Galley Beggar, with scant resources but a cartload of guts. Let it no longer be said that Beggars cannot be choosers. Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2014-06-06 00:00:00 UTC ]
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