Writers Talk: Conversations with Contemporary British Novelists

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Writers Talk includes interviews with Kate Atkinson, Pat Barker, Jonathan Coe, Jim Crace, Toby Litt, Graham Swift, Matt Thorne, David Mitchell, AlanWarner, and Will Self.

"Is it a good time to be a writer in the time of The Da Vinci Code? It's not necessarily good time to be a literary writer."—Kate Atkinson

"The best novels allow us to rehearse the world ahead of us, to play out the battle before we fight it, to experience disaster before we encounter it, to practice grief ...

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Overview

Writers Talk includes interviews with Kate Atkinson, Pat Barker, Jonathan Coe, Jim Crace, Toby Litt, Graham Swift, Matt Thorne, David Mitchell, AlanWarner, and Will Self.

"Is it a good time to be a writer in the time of The Da Vinci Code? It's not necessarily good time to be a literary writer."—Kate Atkinson

"The best novels allow us to rehearse the world ahead of us, to play out the battle before we fight it, to experience disaster before we encounter it, to practice grief before it flattens us. Narrative is useful. It confers advantages on us as a species." —Jim Crace

Why do writers write? How do they react to criticism of their work? What inspires them and how do go about working? Does fiction have any political, ethical or spiritual significance? Can we learn more about a book from its author? This collection of interviews with contemporary British novelists offers a fascinating insight into bestselling authors' views on fiction today; their influences and themes; readers and critics; why they write and their writing process; and provides a snapshot of the reality of living as a writer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847140241
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Philip Tew is Professor of English (Post-1900 Literature) at Brunel University, UK, Director of Brunel's Centre for Contemporary Writing and Director of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies.

Fiona Tolan is Lecturer in English at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Leigh Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Westminster, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Kate Atkinson Pat Barker Jonathan Coe Jim Crace Toby Litt David Mitchell Graham Swift Matt Thorne Will Self Alan Warner Glossary Further Reading Index

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