- 26 Aug 11
Despite sniping from the literatti, David Baldacci is an almost permanent fixture at the top of the bestsellers list. He talks to Stuart Clark about conpiracy theories, Hollywood, the Presidents he’s met and the accuracy or otherwise of TV cop shows.
Chances are you wouldn’t be able to pick him out of a line-up, but with 110 million books sold, thriller writer David Baldacci is one of the most read men on the planet.
“There’s certainly some snobbery there between literary fiction and commercial fiction,” Baldacci observes. “I tend to think that internal battle weakens the whole industry. Isn’t the goal to have people read more books? Music and film reviewers do it better – they judge a work by what it’s supposed to be and what it’s supposed to accomplish. With book reviewers if it’s not prize-worthy and enjoyed by more than 11 people, it’s shit. Well, I’m proud to be shit!”