Talking about the novelist, Chinua Achebe, and the way that African writers are marketed and promoted in this country.

S was clearly irritated at the turn of the conversation. She needed to believe that promoters, booksellers and the whole book market is genuinely looking for the "Nest great thing". She seemed to need the myth of a level playing field - that all things by all people are of equal value and treated equally. Evidence to the contrary seemed to rankle.

To me, it's self-evidently true that the only peole who believe that a level playing field exists are the ones who have the advantage...

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