Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ten Ugly Truths About Books

I was talking to a writer the other night who was proud that his new book sold 160 copies. I’m happy he was happy, but why do writers and publishers so rarely talk about the numbers? To answer the age-old question, if a book comes out and nobody reads it, it doesn’t exist. To sell […]

More Magic In London

My friend Phil Baker (I highly recommend his excellent biography of Dennis Wheatley, ‘The Devil Is A Gentleman’) has sent me more photos of the old Davenport’s magic shop, now Starbucks. True to magical form it didn’t disappear, but simply magicked itself from opposite the British Museum to another place a few streets over (under […]