If you want to be taken seriously by the critics, secrecy is everything. Out goes Richard and Judy and Hay-on-Wye. In comes enforced literary purdah.
Liz Hoggard writes about Joanna Trollope’s new role as hermit-in-training and about her illustrious predecessors: J.D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, Harper Lee, J.M. Coetzee, etc.