The novelist Mark Billingham told the Cheltenham Literature Festival audience that he gives up on about half the books he starts: “Life’s too short… There are so many great books out there.” In response, Rupert Hawksley, Senior Commissioning Editor at Indy Voices, wrote: “We owe it to writers to give them a full hearing before passing judgement.” “To give an author just 20 pages of your time is insulting,” he continued.