Lunchbox/Soapbox: Toni Jordan: In Defence of Trash Fiction
Who decides that some books are more worthy than others? Why do 65% of people lie about reading the classics? Does a Booker Prize sticker guarantee better quality or just a good snooze? And who did buy those 80 million copies of the Da Vinci Code? Enough of dismissing romps as rubbish, this is a full-throated defence of the popular novel. After all, if nobody’s watching, will you have McDonalds or boiled lentils for dinner?
Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition (2008) was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, while Nine Days (2012) was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review’s Top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2016). Toni has been published widely in newspapers and magazines.