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Beedle the Bard digested read


My favourite bit from The Guardian’s digested read of JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard is…..

The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg: There was once a not very good writer who got lucky. In the beginning, she realised her limitations, but then began to take herself very seriously and wrote a series of ever-longer and bigger books. For years she said she longed for her privacy, but once she had finished her seventh book she looked at the bestseller charts and thought how lonely she would feel if she wasn’t top by Christmas. So she knocked out a quick follow-up and said she would give the profits to charidee. The publisher was happy but the children weren’t interested in a dud spin-off so they didn’t buy it and lots of copies had to be remaindered. And the writer was very sad. The End.

It’s just like old times with JK at the top of the charts again.

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Richard Davies

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