Re: "Personal" question(s) to John Jarrold
Yeah, the guy was piqued because his own novel, which he characterised as something like 'not wonderful, but perfectly publishable' had been turned down. He wrote his own epitaph. Books like that are turned down every day by UK publishers, who only take on one or two debut novels over a year. Being 'good' is nowhere near good enough, in general terms, for a new novelist in 2008.
His name is also on every editor's desk, so they remember his stupidity should he submit more novels...