Kate Clanchy ‘parts company’ with publisher after discrimination row

Author whose Orwell prize-winning Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me sparked online controversy last summer will no longer be published by Pan Macmillan

Kate Clanchy and her publisher Pan Macmillan will no longer be working together, and distribution of all of her titles is to cease, following widespread criticism last summer of her book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me.

Readers took to Goodreads and Twitter to point out racial tropes and ableist descriptions in the Orwell prize-winning book about Clanchy’s experience as a teacher. For example, one child was described as being “so small and square and Afghan with his big nose and premature moustache” while two autistic students were said to be “jarring company”.

Continue reading...


‘Surreal fable’ by Derek Jarman to be published for the first time

The 10,000-word story about a blind young king and his valet will be released this autumn along with...

Read More >

Authors at Hay festival weigh the meaning of authenticity

Who can write about whom was a running question, tackled by writers from Rose Tremain to Damon Galgu...

Read More >

Elif Shafak: there’s a scream building up in young people

Author cites Brexit and the climate crisis as examples of previous generations ‘breaking’ their fu...

Read More >

Joanne Harris says she saw her cancer as a fictional ‘monster’ she could ‘destroy’

The Chocolat author was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 and has shared her experiences on socia...

Read More >

Anthony Horowitz: I’m still waiting to see benefit of Brexit

Author who has previously called himself a Conservative tells Hay festival he ‘can’t understand’ ...

Read More >

Deborah James’s second and final book tops Amazon chart ahead of publication

The columnist and podcaster’s How to Live When You Could Be Dead is out in August heads the bestsel...

Read More >