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A modern Cinderella story: Romantic Comedy, by Curtis Sittenfeld, reviewed

A rich, handsome rock star falls for a schlubby TV comedy writer in an enjoyable, traditional romcom, mystifyingly billed as ‘subversive’ and ‘searingly contemporary’

15 April 2023

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15 April 2023

9:00 AM

Romantic Comedy: A Novel Curtis Sittenfeld

Doubleday, pp.400, 16.99

Romance, and romantic comedy, make up a third of all novels sold – by far the highest-earning genre of fiction. They outdo crime novels 2:1. They are very rarely reviewed, and are generally excluded from year-end round ups, awards, gongs and TV book shows. They do not have their own festivals or celebrations; romance writers are extremely thin on the ground at Hay.

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