Cultural life: Sebastian Faulks, novelist

'I've hated all this Scando-porn serial killer stuff'

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I have just read Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France, Nicholas Shakespeare's account of his aunt's life in France during the Occupation, which is going to be published in November. The story of her descent into a kind of hell weirdly parallels that of the country itself. Faustian, fascinating and sad.


I recently saw Frances Ha, which I greatly enjoyed. I also liked the new Alan Partridge film, Alpha Papa, in its own way.


I've hated all this Scando-porn serial killer stuff, like The Killing and Borgen. As a result, I've been watching a lot of sport. I've been following the Ashes.


The last live music I saw was Lisa Hannigan, performing in my kitchen. I'm also hoping to co-operate with my friend Rachel Wagstaff on an adaptation of my novel, A Possible Life, into a play with music. She also did Birdsong.


I recently saw Othello at the National, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Adrian Lester as Othello and Rory Kinnear as Iago were a great double act, and the sets were wonderful, but I felt the production could have been cut, really.

Sebastian Faulks's new novel, 'A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts', is out now