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.
Jane Gardam's latest novel is 'Last Friends' (Little, Brown)
Arts & Ents blogs
Under The Skin, film review: Scarlett Johansson is full-blooded as femme fatale alien
Doctor Who: Keeley Hawes to star alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Best films on Netflix: 32 movies that will put an end to your scrolling
Boy George: Bad karma
Disney's Frozen is 'very evil' gay propaganda, says Christian pastor
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Tony Benn meets Ali G: Watch Labour veteran burn Sacha Baron Cohen
- 3 Women do experience two different types of orgasm, study reveals
- 4 Istanbul protesters take 'Ellen selfie' from the back of a police van
- 5 Lady Gaga has struggled with eating disorders in the past, so it's indefensible that she's glamourising bulimia in her SXSW set