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GRUMPY OLD BOOKMAN: What happens after happily ever after

Getting the golden ticket can be a mixed blessing for authors. Michael Allen investigates what happened next for some writers who hit paydirt

For many years I have kept a file of press cuttings about the success (or otherwise) enjoyed by writers. Every so often I have a look through this file to see if there any useful lessons to be learnt from these snippets; and on my latest trawl through, two reports in particular caught my eye.

On 10 November 1997, the journalist Libby Purves published an interview in The Times with a man whom she knew slightly from waiting at the same school gate. His name was Robert Mawson.

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