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Fiction focus: Good manners, bad manners

Controversial topics, bad reviews and probing questions can be difficult to navigate. Margaret James lightens the way.

You’ve probably noticed that sign in your GP’s waiting room or in your local A&E department which reads something like: we will not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse of our staff?

As a novelist, you’re fairly unlikely to get punched in the face by a disgruntled reader. Or, as a reader yourself, to track down a novelist whose work you hate and beat this person up.

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