With the recent deaths of both Emma Tennant and Hilary Bailey, it is perhaps appropriate to remind the readers of Quartet Books of a small but rather informative compendium under the title Did We Meet on Grub Street?
Part memoir, self-help manual and polemic, this assortment of pieces mostly written by three ancient practitioners of the literary trade, whose professional lives all started when typewriters were scarcely electrified, posits a belief that publishing is more than just part of a global media division in massive entertainment conglomerates.
With a combined age of over two hundred years and with more than fifty books written between them, three toilers in the literary furrows reflect on the ‘literary life’: anecdotes; memories; short fictions; reminiscences; critiques of feminist writing – even a list of Dos and Don’ts for Future Writers – create a perfect companion for those who still consider books have covers and live on shelves and is essential reading for all graduates on creative writing courses or in media study groups.
Our own David Elliott, a whizz kid of his generation, contributed an introduction as well as a chapter under the heading ‘The Chairman Publishes’.
If you happen to be interested in publishing and what goes on behind the scenes then this book at £12.99 is worth a more serious look. Buy a copy and find out for yourself.