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Miscellany: The World of Writing

Snobby accusations, brolly revelations, sexy celebrations, hacks down, cosying up and a cool crossover... the wide world of writing

‘Elitist’ jibes anger novelist

Accusations that his novels are elitist or snobby, solely populated by the well-heeled and well-educated, annoy novelist and scriptwriter Ian McEwan, 68, reported Robbie Millen who interviewed the author for The Times.

‘It’s an extraordinary thing, people ask why aren’t there any manual labourers in my novels. They don’t ask Julian Barnes that. It’s not my problem, it’s the problem of my interviewers.

‘They know I come from a background where my parents left school at fourteen. They [these critics] are a bit indignant. What am I doing? How dare I?...’

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