The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet
Award winning author Philip Murdstone’s star has waned. His agent convinced him to write a High Fantasy trilogy to make it big again. Murdstone is incapable of accomplishing the task but a stranger named Pocket Wellfair comes to his aid. This was a good metafiction tale of self-definition, writing, heroics, unplacebale realms and the nature of reality.
“Losing himself in BBC Word Service programmes about leech farming in Cambodia.”
“The dogs bark but the caravan goes by,”
“Something a bit Welsh - sounding is usually ok. Something you can’t pronounce if you’ve got a normal set of teeth, you know?”
“She only likes books about the SAS.”
“The map on the frontispiece looked suspiciously like the Isle of Wight.”
“He does look like a boiled scrotum.”