But for whose tireless encouragement
And selfless dedication to the furtherance
of my writing career
(To the neglect and detriment of her own prodigious talent
as a crime writer)
I would now be the son and heir of a bestselling authoress
Instead of just another
Funny? Yes. But I am sure most authors would rather have rich parents then live on a mere pittance. If you feel that all authors make loads of money, that's because we get to read only about fat advances and huge royalties that a few authors manage to earn. Most writers, as this piece in The Independent says, struggle to earn a pittance.
More on dedications here. You will find D’Israeli’s take on book dedications from his Curiosities of Literature here.
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More nuggets from Tom Holt's works: The Pursuit of Happiness & True Reason for the Trojan War.