And then they all died

Tallis Steelyard

3) And then they all died

I suppose most of us have read Luton Fawnsgill’s work, ‘And then they all died.’ Indeed if you were at the university at the right time, it would have been your set book. As an aside that is not surprising, indeed there were rumours in both the literary and the student communities that Luton had a contract to supply the examining boards with one new book a year.

In reality there was no formal contract. There didn’t have to be, as Luton was at the time perhaps the leading writer of literary fiction in the city. So every year students would study one of his books, along with a number of others, then in their final year they would be faced with something just published. This was held by many students to be mendacious. At the very least it was the height of bad manners. If a book is just…

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