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28 August 2009


Tricks, treats and choices - preview
Box Of Tricks by Jeff Phelps
  • Tindal Street Press
  • ISBN 978 09556476 9 7
  • £7
  • 99

  • There is a strong moral streak in the Quaker world that makes it particularly difficult for a Quaker to write fiction
  • Fiction demands moral neutrality – it forbids judgement on its characters
  • That doesn’t mean that a novelist takes no moral stance: all the great novelists come from a specific moral viewpoint (think George Eliot, Philip Roth) and good fiction should always expand our moral universe
  • But the writer must always be faithful to each of their characters, and keep on being faithful to them – loving them, even – when they’re doing evil as well as when they’re doing good, when they’re acting out the small dramas of their lives as well as when they’re embarked on great undertakings

  • Alison Leonard

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