Nobel laureate and Booker winner VS Naipaul has laid into some of the titans of Eng Lit in this month's Literary Review. Hardy: "an unbearable writer... He can't write. He doesn't know how to compose a paragraph, no gift of narrative." Jane Austen: "Here am I, a grown man reading about this terrible vapid woman... What am I doing with this material? This is for somebody else, really..." Dickens: "...so much rubbish..." Henry James: "The worst writer in the world..." Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Graham Greene each get a chinning as well. Pinter comes off OK, but he's a mate of Sir Vidia's.
Expect a new book sometime soon. V's Half a Life came out in 2001, at around the same time he startled the book world from its tweedy slumbers by slagging off James Joyce.