Soundings

The right to be wrong

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6985.1013a (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1013
  1. Tony Smith

    I was lying in my bath on a recent Monday morning listening to Radio 4's Start the Week (freelance journalists choose their working hours to suit themselves) when the talk turned to the “book police.” Authors have been claiming that publishers have rejected their manuscripts on the grounds of political correctness—by which they mean that their views are unacceptable because they do not conform to the current consensus in literary circles, generally perceived to be liberal and permissive.

    Assertions of this kind are usually made by authors and their agents without any documented evidence, and I suspect that in many cases it is a publicity exercise—getting a book talked …

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