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Publishers Reveal the Books They Wish They'd Published

The Illicit of Other People by Manu Joseph deserved to do better, publisher Roland Philipps told The Guardian

Deserved to Do Better: “It got great reviews in a few places, but… not enough sales in a very tough environment,” said Roland Philipps, managing director at John Murray which published The Illicit Happiness of Other People.

To writers who constantly face rejection from publishers, it’s easy to think of them as Wizards of No, or wardens of the gated Publishing Industrial Complex, but of course they’re human beings, and at their hearts, lovers of books and authors. In a new article on The Guardian‘s site  publishers from Simon & Schuster, Penguin Press, Bloomsbury and more reveal the books they think deserved better reception from the press and readers, and the books they wish they published. Click over to read the article and learn about some books you might want to add to your reading list. Personally, I’m really interested in checking out The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph. “Joseph’s second novel confirms him, to my mind, as one of the leading new Indian novelists – he tells great truths about modern India while being thoroughly entertaining,” said Roland Philipps, managing director at John Murray which published the book. I could do without Philipps’ “Indian” qualifier — why can’t Joseph just be a leading new novelist? — but, I get his point, and am glad to learn about Joseph’s work.

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