Constable & Robinson Publishing

How I Became a Famous Novelist

Steve Hely

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B format, 320 pp
Published 24th Mar 2011
ISBN: 9781849015721
Markets: UK & C/Wealth exc Canada


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"Brilliant... How I Became a Famous Novelist is a cheeky book and a brave one, all but naming real-life literary emperors sans clothes... I was sold and sold again... [by Hely"s] subtle zingers... The cynicism is delicious, the humor never broad, with just enough modesty and conscience seeping into the story to make our con artist lovable... I may have read a funnier book in the last twenty years, but at this moment I"m hard-pressed to name it."
Elinor Lipman, Washington Post
"A gleeful skewering of the publishing industry and every cliché of the writing life."
New York Times Book Review
"A hilarious send-up of literary pretensions and celebrity culture."
USA Today
"Steve Hely needed to know how to write very well in order to write as miserably as he does in How I Became a Famous Novelist. In a satirical novel that is a gag-packed assault on fictitious best-selling fiction, Mr. Hely... takes aim at genre after genre and manages to savage them all. Without really straining credulity, [his] travels through the world of publishing become exuberantly farflung. Mr. Hely has deftly clobbered the popular-book business, [taking] aim at lucrative "tidy candy-packaged novels you wrapped up and gave as presents," the kinds of books that go "from store shelves to home shelves to used-book sales unread." His complaints about such books are very funny. They"d be even funnier if they weren"t true."
New York Times
"How I Became a Famous Novelist has a laugh-out-loud quotient inappropriately high for reading in public."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Hely"s story offers a pitch-perfect takeoff on the insipid conventions of the best-seller racks and combines the expected caustic wit with an unexpected depth of emotional insight."
Austin American-Statesman
"I doubt I"ll read a funnier book this year."
Scotland on Sunday
"I found myself almost crying with laughter. Should be read by anyone with a passing interest in the state of modern literature."
Independent on Sunday
"Wincingly funny."
Daily Mail
"A superb expose of the book world."
Big Issue
"Very entertaining."
"The humour is so thick and fast and brimming with punchy, unforgettable one-liners."