Persecution is endemic in the vicious world of Young Adult publishing
It was Lionel Shriver who saw the writing on the wall.
Giving a keynote speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival three years ago in which she decried the scourge of modern identity politics, Shriver observed that the dogma of ‘cultural appropriation’ —which demands no less than complete racial segregation in the arts — had not yet wrapped its osseous fingers around the publishing industry.
But, she warned: ‘This same sensibility is coming to a bookstore near you.’
Reader, it has come.