We all have our gripes with the state of publishing in this country, but things could be worse. A lot worse.
Ever heard of a Turkish novelist by the name of Elif Shafak? I hadn't 'til yesterday when I read a short article about her in the Independent. Apparently she's written a book about the Aremenian genocide, but that's not why she's in the news.
Next week, she goes on trial - accused of 'insulting Turkishness' in her book. As she says, it will be the first time the words of fictional characters will be judged in court!
Now I have no idea about the content of her book, and not much more, I'm embarassed to admit, about the events she depicts.
But I know one thing ... if the equivalent situation happened here, I'd be one of the first up against the wall. But I'd be in good company ...