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A piece in The Guardian on June 22nd, when the newspaper asked seven successful writers for their thoughts on failure was hardly likely to carry much conviction or garner empathy. A wry and self-depreciating letter the following week suggested that the newspaper should have included someone who hadn’t had a book published after hundreds of attempts, who’d come back from holiday to find 23 rejection letters on the doormat and who’d sent in a complete manuscript at an editor’s request only to be told it had been shredded…This was much more endearing!

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