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<p>It's the book that matters, says children's laureate</p><p>"Anne Fine: I wish my child readers would push off," ran a shoutline on the cover of the New Statesman last week. In fact, the children's laureate was not praying that her audience would disappear; rather, she was wishing that she could disappear. "The author doesn't matter; it's the book that counts," she wrote.</p><p>The cult of the author is in part responsible for the coarseness of the worst examples of children's writing discussed in Nicolette Jones' article on page 18. Many of the books to which would-be censors have ob...

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