... she found herself needing to earn her own living. After a couple of false starts and one-offs, she settled from 1936 on a form of fiction described in her own novels (via her fictional heroine, thriller-writer Mrs. Morland) as the 'good bad book': in other word a competently conceived and well-written formula which readers could instantly identify and of which they would want more .. they wouldn't mind if they found they're read it before. ...
from 'A Bad Chooser of Husbands,' by Hilary Temple,
in Slightly Foxed, Autumn 2005
I just treated myself (after long wanting to) to a subscription to Slightly Foxed, which comes with online access to 18 years (!!!) of back issues. I think it's a wonderful omen that one of the first articles I found was this one, about Angela Thirkell. I'm with my people.