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Read novel receiving the author's backing and respect (6)

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admire

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'respect' is the definition.
(admiring is a kind of respecting)

'read novel receiving the author's backing' is the wordplay.
'novel' indicates an anagram.
'receiving' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'the author's backing' becomes 'mi' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'read' is an anagram of 'adre'.
'adre' placed around 'mi' is 'ADMIRE'.

'and' is the link.

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