Declan Hughes: ‘Writing is a confidence trick. You’ve got to keep on the right side of positivity.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s the one question to which every aspiring author needs an answer: how am I going to get this book published? Writing is an intensely private act: (...)

‘Let’s not panic just yet’: Anne Enright, who won the Booker in 2007 for ‘The Gathering’.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Outrage and the Man Booker Prize are the equivalent of gin and tonic, and of Christmas and panic-bought book tokens. Less than a week after this year’(...)