Cultural Life: Joanna Briscoe, novelist
Friday 08 July 2011
Books: I'm reading 'The Constant Nymph' by Margaret Kennedy, because it deals with a subject close to the one I've just written about – a teenage girl's obsession with an older man. In my novel, it's a teacher; in this novel, it's a family friend. Published in 1924, it reads as though written much later. When I'm not reviewing, I go back to the classics, or quirkier 20th-century novels. Before this, I read 'The Franchise Affair' by Josephine Tey and 'Girl Reading' by Katie Ward.
Television: I'm hooked on 'Glee'. Other than that, I do the classic working-parent thing, by catching up on the big series with box sets. Lovefilm is my TV salvation! I'm inevitably addicted to 'Mad Men', and have had a little re-watch of 'Twin Peaks' 20 years later. It pretty much stands up.
Theatre: I admit to being a total philistine when it comes to the theatre – partly because it's just too darn expensive. I recently walked out of 'The Children's Hour' because it seemed to be lacking any dramatic tension or drive. 'Jerusalem' was the best theatre I have ever seen. A masterpiece.
Music: I recently heard Ana-Maria Vera playing Mozart and Chopin. I'm also listening to Tanita Tikaram, because I think her recent work is very good, and I'm also enjoying Jocelyn West singing Hildegard von Bingen. My standby is Bruch's 'Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor'! As ever, I'll loyally trot along to see Debbie Harry...
Visual Arts: The Susan Hiller at the Tate Britain was amazing. I'd first seen her at the Camden Arts Centre, which I like as it's local and nice to be in. I recently saw Kerry Tribe there. The exhibitions are always quite extreme, but thought-provoking.
Joanna Briscoe's new novel, 'You', is published by Bloomsbury on Monday
Final Top Gear reviewTV
FestivalsFive ways to avoid the portable toilets
Jurassic WorldThe results are completely brilliant
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Should Apple buy Greece?
- 2 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 3 Drummer Lee Rigby's family reject 'extremist' groups using Woolwich murder for political gain
- 4 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 5 Fox News anchor asks 'what's to prevent' three people from marrying after same-sex marriage legalised
Lionel Richie at Glastonbury 2015, review: Like the anti-Kanye he delights in audience engagement
Glastonbury 2015: Lionel Richie attracts festival's biggest crowds for Sunday's 'dad slot'
Glastonbury 2015: The best things you missed from Lionel Richie and the Dalai Lama to how beautiful the festival is
Glastonbury 2015: Shocking scenes of rubbish left strewn across campsite as clean-up begins
Glastonbury 2015: The Who take swipe at Kanye West - 'who's the biggest rock star in the world?'
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Austerity is essential if Britain wants to reduce inequality – why can't the left-wingers who march against it realise this?
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal