This article appeared on the Telegraph website today and sums up one, at least, of the reasons we’ve established Diiarts. Someone, somewhere, in the world of publishing needs to stand up for standards. Someone has to produce books for people who love books.
I’d like to think that Ms. LaPlante would approve both of our motive in founding Diiarts, and of our first four titles.
I am indebted to Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, whose book “East and West” includes the superb word “lobotomocracy”. He used it in a different context, of course, but I’ve now adopted it in my own vocabulary in place of the somewhat paler “celebritocracy”.
It’s down to Diiarts, and those like us, to publish the next Virginia Woolf. Her publisher was a start-up, of course – the Hogarth Press – which subsequently published T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. (So no pressure there, then.)
Readers – if you enjoy celebrity fiction, chances are that our books may not be for you. If, on the other hand, you want something with which to curl up by the fire, something into which to get your teeth, click here.