Posted on 5th September 2015

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Q&A with Carys Davies

How would you describe The Redemption of Galen Pike to a reading group? The Redemption of Galen Pike is a collection of short stories about love, death, survival, and the secrets we keep from other people. If I’d included an epigraph it would probably have been these lines from the late, great American novelist, James Salter: ‘There are…

Posted on 22nd August 2015

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Q&A with Emma Jane Unsworth

How would you describe Animals to a reading group? It’s about how friendships change as you get older. It’s about whether people – especially women – should stop doing certain things and start doing others when they hit a certain age, OR ELSE. It’s also full of filthy jokes. What inspired you to write Animals?

Posted on 15th August 2015

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Q&A with Bethan Roberts

How would you describe Mother Island to a reading group? That’s a really hard one. I always get a feeling of panic whenever anyone asks me what something I’m working on is about, because for much of the writing process, I don’t really know the answer to that question! And even when you’ve finished a…

Posted on 8th August 2015

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Q&A with Grace McCleen

How would you describe The Offering to a reading group?  A novel concerned with sin, repetition and redemption.   What inspired you to write The OfferingA moonlit walk.   The Offering gives the reader a vivid insight into mental health. What research was required to make this complex subject matter authentic?  None at all….

Posted on 1st August 2015

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A Q&A with David Whitehouse

How would you describe Mobile Library to a reading group? Mobile Library is a book about a young boy and an older woman who find each other when they need each other most, and escape the awful realities of their lives to run away together – a road trip, and a chase, that runs the…

Posted on 25th July 2015

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A Q&A with Lavie Tidhar

How would you describe A Man Lies Dreaming to a reading group? It’s about a Yiddish pulp writer in Auschwitz who dreams up an elaborate escape, in which the Nazis never came to power and a former dictator becomes a disgraced private eye in London in 1939… I think of it as a very dark…

Posted on 18th July 2015

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A Q&A with Susan Barker

We spoke with Susan Barker about her novel The Incarnations (Doubleday), what it means to be a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winner and the landscape of British fiction. How would you describe The Incarnations to a reading group?  The Incarnations is about a taxi driver in Beijing who finds an anonymous letter in his cab. The letter…