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‘Flat, stunted and ugly’: The brotherhood of bestsellers

John Grisham sympathizes with Dan Brown


After novelist Phillip Pullman took a shot at Brown’s “flat, stunted and ugly” prose, John Grisham—who has sold more than 250 million copies of his legal thrillers such as The Pelican Brief and The Firm—came to the defence of the author of The Lost Symbol. “I know that what I do is not literature,” says Grisham. “Of course, I’ve read literature in the classic sense. We’ve all got those type of books on the shelves at home. They made me read them at school and I admit that I didn’t like them much. I couldn’t understand why they were said to be so good.”

The Telegraph

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