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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's all about 'The Book'


“Ultimately, it's about the quality of the writing whatever style you are writing.” – Tibor Fischer
 
Born on this date in 1959, British novelist and short story writer Fischer entered the writing world with a bang with his first novel Under the Frog (in 1993) being featured on the prestigious Booker Prize shortlist.

 Noted for their humor and surprise end-results, his writings often feature dysfunctional characters who eventually manage to achieve some kind of redemption.  The Thought Gang is about a delinquent and alcoholic philosophy professor who hooks up with a failed one-armed bandit in France to form a successful team of bank robbers.  While Good to be God features a broke, unemployed habitual failure who uses his friend's credit card to start a new life in Florida.  There, he decides the fastest way to make a fortune is to “become” a deity.

The Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at City and Guilds of London Art School, he also is a frequent speaker at book and literary events and tells new writers that they are the keys to their own success. 
“As an author, I realize, you're on your own.                  
You have to do everything you can to help ‘The Book’,” he said.   “I make sure people know it's out there, and then they can make up their own minds whether they want to read it.”


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