Tuesday 16 January 2018

Martina Devlin: Writing now on the wall for our Generation Text

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

It was with some ambivalence that I bought a Jennifer Johnston novel in a library sale two days ago. I'd have preferred the book to remain available for borrowers to read and enjoy, but it was part of a stock clearance.

"Why are you selling this?" I asked the librarian. "I know it was written 20 years ago but it hasn't dated. How can new readers find it if the book disappears from your shelves?"

She shrugged: "We can't keep everything -- it's a question of storage."

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