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Macmillan new writing 24th April 2006 Cultural tourist (May) states that the first six novels to be published by Macmillan New Writing have received “no attention, reviews or bookshop space.” This is nonsense. In fact, the books have received a level of attention seldom enjoyed by debut novels: substantial reviews and reports have appeared in the Guardian, the Times, the Independent, the Spectator, the New Statesman and the Scotsman. Moreover, the book trade has responded with enthusiasm: many thousands of copies are on display around the country, and Waterstone’s is including two of the titles in its “three for two”…

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