So how do we feel about Sophie Hannah performing CPR on another writer’s character? I think Agatha Christie’s wishes were pretty clear when she killed off Hercule Poirot. He’s been in his grave for forty years as has Agatha and it seems to me an act of gross impertinence to dig him up. I realise Sophie Hannah is a hugely successful crime writer and I know the Agatha Christie Estate agreed to the Harper Collins project, but still. Not so much a case of flogging dead horses – Christie’s novels are still very popular – more a case of flogging stolen horses.
In the unlikely event of anyone robbing my literary grave I warn them now: I shall haunt you.
Meanwhile, back at the Job Centre… Yep, I’m still unemployed. But writing anyway. Well it keeps me off the streets. My, ahem, publishers invited me to their authors’ party though. Is that a good sign? Or is it a cruel trap?
‘Everyone who thinks they’re a valued adornment to this publishing house, tuck in. Not so fast, Laurie Graham. Do not move. Step away from the peanuts.’