Time Out says
It’s easy to believe that a desperate author would go to extreme lengths to get a bit of attention for his precious work, and most people would tell a few lies if their personal life depended on it, never mind a hardbitten agent who’d lie to you as soon as look at you, if that would get him the bigger pay cheque. But that’s the problem – this portrayal of the industry (a publisher, played by Maureen Lipman in a quick cameo, isn’t shown as any less cynical) has nothing to tell us. Beck does his best, and the dialogue crackles pleasantly, but he’s a caricature: a lying, cheating smear of ordure who doesn’t even like books. But his sin is worse than that – it’s fiction’s biggest. He’s boring.
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