By Arifa Akbar, arts correspondent writing in The Independent, Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Dame Margaret, 69, who takes over as chair of The Society of Authors, added: "I'm amazed they are even trying it on."
Few would doubt Dame Margaret's position in today's literary firmament. In a career spanning more than 40 years, she has written 17 novels and seven works of non-fiction as well as earning a CBE. Dame Margaret, who turned up to discuss the state of literary culture with Ms Dunant, revealed to Ms Dunant she had had a tense conversation with her publishers: "She [Dame Margaret] ... expressed the view that her publishers wanted to remarket her in some way, that there was some need not to let the work just stand on its own.