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#BritishWritingIsNotAllGrey - 'Fiction Uncovered' Remind the World There is More

Say what you will about the literary 'talent' in question, but in an increasingly online world where many novelists fear for the longevity of their profession, you have to give some credit to E.L James for reinvigorating interest in the written word. Her debut novel Fifty Shades of Grey and its subsequent sequels have taken the world by storm, selling millions of copies worldwide.

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But now Fiction Uncovered, the team behind the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, are making a push to remind the world that E.L James is not the only writing talent our little nation has to offer. Using the hashtag #BritishWritingIsNotAllGrey, they are urging readers and publicists to pay a little more attention to other, possibly more deserving, writers and novelists.

Sophie Rochester, founder of the Jerwood Ficiton Uncovered Prize, was eager to point out that this is not an effort to take up an 'Anti-Grey' stance, but rather to shift some of that focus towards other literary works. In an article posted to their own website she stated: 

"This is not an anti-Grey stance, but the singular focus on the book this week is exemplary of an issue regularly seen – a fanfare of attention around one or two writers with many talented writers not getting the attention they deserve. This is an arm being waved to ask that the spotlight shifts again to our other talented British writers."

The hashtag quickly gained momentum on Twitter, with millions piping up to voice their opinions and share those novels they feel are deserving of recognition. In fact, Waterstone's were inspired by the hashtag to launch a 'Best of British Writing Bay' in some of their stores, proving once again that actions on social media can have a very definite impact on the real world.


I am happy to see that this campaign has stuck to its original message, rather than simply fuelling a barrage of hate towards E.L James. Hopefully, this will signal the start of a revival within the industry, as written works are slowly but surely losing ground to other forms of media. Such a shame.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. Currently working as Editor of Social Songbird, he hopes to one day drop that 'aspiring' prefix. Follow him @SamAtSMF

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#BritishWritingIsNotAllGrey - 'Fiction Uncovered' Remind the World There is More Reviewed by Sam Bonson on Thursday, June 25, 2015 Rating: 5

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