The BBC New reports:
The author slates Dickens for his "repetitiveness" and cites the experience of reading Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey as a revelatory one.
"I thought halfway through the book, 'Here am I, a grown man reading about this terrible vapid woman and her so-called love life.'
You don't like Dickens and Austen - writers both more enduring and vastly more readable than you?
I spit on you.