One Minute With: Jess Richards, novelist
Saturday 01 December 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
In a yellow kitchen looking at a pot plant that's trying hard to flower in November.
What are you currently reading?
'The Woman in White'.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Just one? That's harsh. My favourite will be different next week. At the moment it's both Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman, because they write imaginative books and were recently on the radio, heroically talking about fairytales.
Describe the room where you usually write
I write in a corner, sitting crammed between a bookshelf and a table. The table is covered in notepads, a miniature grandmother, candles, a fringed lamp, and a set of comedy wind-up teeth.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
A grown-up version of Alice in Wonderland: on some days I feel big and others I feel small. Sometimes I'm a version of Peter Pan, chasing my shadow. Cats grin and roses would look interesting if their petals were dripping with paint.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
All of the historically blurry female pirates.
Jess Richards's 'Snake Ropes' (Sceptre) is shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
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- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 How We Met: Alison Moyet & Emma Kennedy: 'I knew we'd be friends because she was happy to make a prat of herself'