The Times has dispensed with the services of its regular children’s books reviewer, Amanda Craig.
When Craig reported this fact on Twitter yesterday afternoon there was a flood of protest against the decision.
According to Craig, it was an economising measure and the reviewing of children’s books will now be done ‘in-house’. The Times, as far as I am aware, has not confirmed the reason for Craig’s dismissal, or given any public indication of what its arrangements will be henceforth for the coverage of children’s and young adult publishing.
Here is a small selection from the Twitter Protest:
Very angry to hear about The Times's treatment of Amanda Craig. What folly.What ignorance. What contempt for children's reading.
— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) November 20, 2013
Amanda Craig told to leave The Times. This is a seriously bad day for YA fiction (and literacy) in the UK.
— Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) November 20, 2013
— Mary Hoffman (@MARYMHOFFMAN) November 20, 2013
Stunned to hear @TheTimesBooks are dropping their one and only children's book reviewer Amanda Craig for – 'in-house reviews' – WHAT?
— Katherine Langrish (@KathLangrish) November 20, 2013
Just heard Amanda Craig has been dropped by the Times. Very, very bad day for children's books and book reviewing in general
— Chris Priestley (@crispriestley) November 20, 2013
— MG Harris (@RealMGHarris) November 20, 2013
— Katherine Rundell (@kdbrundell) November 20, 2013
— Sarah Dyer (@iamsarahdyer) November 20, 2013
— Margo Lanagan (@margolanagan) November 20, 2013
— Sarah Churchwell (@sarahchurchwell) November 20, 2013
— Helen Boyle (@InklingPress) November 20, 2013
— Meg Rosoff (@megrosoff) November 20, 2013
V sad to hear that the great champion of children's (and adult's) literature @AmandaPCraig has been sacked by The Times. Bad day for books.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) November 20, 2013
@AmandaPCraig What on earth? Surely not Amanda! Terrible news….
— Ian Beck (@ianarchiebeck) November 20, 2013
— Terence Blacker (@TerenceBlacker) November 20, 2013
@AmandaPCraig absolutely can't believe this news, I am so very sorry. And cross. Kids books deserve great book reviewers!
— Clare Hall-Craggs (@loveswimming) November 20, 2013
— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) November 20, 2013