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  1. Last week I posted a blog about “McFiction” and the increasing prevalence of “celebrity authors” like Tom Fletcher, Frank Lampard and David Walliams in our nation’s larger bookstores… and how I didn’t like it because of the way these stores and book publishers were favouring these “authors” over more experienced writers, more talented writers and even the up-and-coming writers looking for a big break. It seemed to go down very well with those that read it.

    However, a quick browse of my own book shelves brought up a possible (and disturbing!) contradiction within my own anti-celeb position.


    At the weekend I popped into a branch of Waterstones with my three kids. We were predominately looking for Mothers Day gifts, but the kids were also clutching their £1 World Book Day vouchers, ready to see what they could swap their flimsy bit of paper for. Naturally, we gravitated towards the first World Book Day display we saw and started having a look at what was on offer. The kids were not that impressed, to be honest. And, as an experienced school librarian, I found it difficult to make recommendations when looking at the names on the front of the tiny books – Julian Clary? Clare Balding? That woman that won Great British Bake-Off? And Tom Fletcher??