Wednesday, June 29, 2016

U.K. Writers: 'Close Relationship with European Readers'

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"I think Madame l'Ambassadeur was exaggerating when she called me 'France's favorite British writer.' British writing is popular all over Europe, and this is actually one of the great untold success stories of our culture.
"Yes, it's a bittersweet feeling to have had this recognition from France in the week that Britain has turned its back on the rest of Europe. But it's more important than ever, now, that British writers build a close relationship with their European readers, and try to remind them, among other things, that the views of those who voted to leave the EU... don't tell the whole story about the U.K. and its people."

--Jonathan Coe, in remarks after being honored by France as an Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters

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