One Minute With: Jane Gardam, novelist
Friday 31 May 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
In Wimbledon, on the way home to Kent. I've just come back from a book tour in America, so I'm seeing double.
What are you currently reading?
[Mark Haddon's] 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time', and 'Her First American' by Lore Segal. It's about racism, love and New York - a most original book, which brought me happily home.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
[Daniel] Defoe is my great joy. He's a great, great journalist. 'A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain' – I love that. And 'The Storm' – that's a great book.
Describe the room where you usually write
The house in Kent is very old, and this is one of the older rooms in it. It looks out on a garden with ancient walls on one side; on the other, the road with buses. Three desks, all chaotic, and books all around – and lots of photographs.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I do like some of the crazy girls in Jane Austen... I should very much like to be like Jane Austen herself – an extremely good person, as well as bright as a bee.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
[Explorer] Ranulph Fiennes.
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