There have been some interesting and instructive moments in the coverage of Alison Moore's Booker shortlisting for her excellent and memorable novel, The Lighthouse - a debut novel from one of three small independent publishers on the list, my own publisher, Salt.
In an interview with the Observer last week, Moore said, 'Somebody said that were it not for the Booker prize not many people
would know about my novel, and that's not mean, it's quite true,' which tells you everything you need to know about press coverage of fiction in this country.
And in an interview on Radio 4's Today, she is asked about the novel's bleakness and is, in this era when most publishers and agents shy away from anything 'too dark', able to admit happily that the novel is bleak, and that that's how she writes. And I have read that her novel is one of the most popular and talked-about on the list...