With his deubt novel, Men and Other Mammals -- his fellow-friendly answer to Bridget Jones's Diary -- British travel writer Jim Keeble follows in the literary footsteps of Nick Hornby, creating a poignant yet laugh-out-loud world where men trip and triumph on their way to true love.
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Date of Birth:
September 9, 1968
Place of Birth:
B.A., Oxford University, 1991
U.K. Travel Writer of the Year, 1995
|Discover Great New Writers|
|Men and Other Mammals|
Our editors, on why they selected Keeble's first novel about a happening London poet looking for love as a summer 2003 Discover Great New Writers pick: "Debut novelist Jim Keeble is a master at detecting the fragile yet comic side of love, and he reminds readers that both the past and the future are seldom what they seem."
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|Advice for the Aspiring|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked Keeble what he'd say to writers trying to make it today. He advised, "Keep writing. The strange thing I find about writing is that it is a bit like an Olympic sport. You have to keep training, even on days you don’t feel like it. And don’t be afraid to throw stuff out. I think Nabokov said the writer’s best friend is the wastepaper basket."|
|An Author's Inspiration||Keeble's Reading Recommendations|
"I cringed, I yelped, I cursed," said Keeble in our interview when he told us that Nick Hornby's High Fidelity was a major influence. Keeble continues, "This book struck a chord, as I think it did for many men, in encapsulating how useless the male species can be when it comes to matters of the heart."
|War and Peace|
We asked Keeble to tell us about some of his all-time favorite books. Tolstoy's classic War and Peace made his list of best-loved books; read on to learn more about Keeble's reading recommendations, including: