Vikram Seth has been asked to return his $1.7m advance by Hamish Hamilton, a publishing company owned by Penguin Random House.
It looks like Seth’s follow up to A Suitable Boy is well overdue and the publisher is cracking the whip. Seth released his last book in 1993 and has published little else since then.
I have no idea when Seth received his advance but some Google research indicates it was around 2009.
Having some knowledge of large projects and book writing myself (!), I know a book does not always come out on the stated date, and hence one can only imagine what shape Seth’s current project is in.
A lot gets written about creative processes and how book writing is such a creative art, but in the end it’s really down to two words. Make that three.