One Minute With: Barbara Trapido
Friday 30 April 2010
Where are you now and what can you see?
I was writing in the attic of my house (in Oxford) and now I'm half way down the stairs.
What are you currently reading?
That fabulous book, Parisians, by Graham Robb. I heard two extracts on the radio and I was seduced. Also, I recently read Maggie O'Farrell's new novel.
Choose a favourite author and say why you like her/him
There are about a thousand people I could mention but I think Michèle Roberts has the best writing of femaleness, in the way that you completely relate to the way she writes about china, the insides of houses, food. I find that alluring.
Describe the room where you usually write
Curled up in a chair or in bed with a cup of coffee, or I make endless corrections in my attic study, which is a nice little nest at the top of our tall house. I don't do much in the way of typing so I write with oily biro pens, or record myself and scribble it out again.
What distracts you from writing?
I'm readily distracted in the day. I wrote my first novel by staying awake when everyone had gone to bed. Now I get up early - about 4 or 5am - and write at a time when nothing distracts me. In the day, I chatter in cafés, mooch in shops, or eat sweets in my pyjamas.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
All sorts when I was young. Now, some useless dysfunctional person.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
I love meeting readers and they make some surprising observations. One woman said every time I have a character I really love, their name begins with a 'J'. Maybe it's true!
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Helen Bamber who runs a Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, and Shirley Williams is a person I have always admired.
Barbara Trapido's 'Sex & Stravinsky' is published by Bloomsbury
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- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
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Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils