Ian Shadwell ‘Slush Pile’ in The Sydney Morning Herald


Ian Shadwell's 'Slush Pile', The Sydney Morning Herald,  July 11, 2014

For anyone who has ever struggled to write a book, this one offers a satirical diversion in case you’re suffering from creative blockage. It’s about a one-time winner of the Booker Prize who, years later, is unable to match his earlier meteoric literary success. Penniless and desperate, Michael Ardenne grudgingly agrees to read his publisher’s slush pile for a small fee and while he does so, discovers a page-turning thriller that he decides to lightly edit and then pass off as his own work. Shadwell has a finely-tuned comic touch and his creation of the arrogant, shambolic author is a delight.

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