One minute with: Jane Thynne, novelist
Friday 21 February 2014
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm at my desk watching two crows strutting along the window ledge and wishing I could tame them. Beyond them, through the trees and above grey, rain-dappled rooftops, is the spire of St Mary's Church, Wimbledon.
What are you currently reading?
A lot of books on the Third Reich, for background research. Particularly In Hitler's Germany by Bernt Engelmann. It's an astonishing eye-witness chronicle of everyday Germans who lived under Nazi rule. As light relief, I'm about to plunge into the final Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
Apart from my husband, Philip Kerr, for his exceedingly dark sense of humour, I love the quiet irony that ripples under the work of Jane Austen. All the writers I adore are those who see the comedy in the human condition.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's a sunny, yellow room on the top floor of a Victorian house, a conveniently long trek for demanding family members. Our kitten unfortunately is undeterred and comes and sits on the desk, trying to catch my fingers as I type.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I used to identify with Dorothea Brooke, because of that youthful blend of puritanism and idealism, but nowadays it's probably Marge Simpson.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Richard Ingrams: maverick, indefatigable and a complete one-off.
Jane Thynne's latest novel, 'The Winter Garden', is published by Simon & Schuster (£14.99)
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scientists create transparent mouse complete with see-through organs
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 Amazonian Indian tribe filmed making contact with Brazil village in rare video footage
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
- < Previous
- Next >