June 21, 2010

Roddy Doyle

on the "worst review he's ever had"

An Irish Times review of a reading I gave of one of my children's books, Rover Saves Christmas, in Dublin. The reviewer referred to 'the stench of celebrity vanity'. I've seen him many times since. I've even said hello to him. But I will, eventually, kill him.

Posted by Dr. Frank at June 21, 2010 06:18 PM | TrackBack


Ah, one of the downsides of the electronic era.
Back in the good old paper-days writers didn't have to bother with bad reviews, as (and I quote famous Dutch writer Harry Mulish) after 5 days there were only two people left who remembered it: the writer and the critic.
About the critic Mulish said: 'He would, no doubt, preferred to have written the book rather than the review.'
Looking forward to the kill, though. ;)

Posted by: Mina Witteman at July 1, 2010 01:18 PM