One Minute With: Ken Follett
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Saturday 15 September 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
In my office at my house in Soho, from where I can see Dean Street. I'm in the library, surrounded by books and pictures.
What are you currently reading?
'Shakespeare's Language' by Frank Kermode. I bought it in Stratford-upon-Avon, where every year I go with friends to see three plays over a weekend. It's wonderful – one of the best books on Shakespeare that I've ever read.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
I'm very fond of Edith Wharton. She's a great storyteller... but she's also unapologetically intelligent. Her analysis of people's motivations always strikes me as brilliant.
Describe the room where you usually write
In the library of my house in Stevenage, I have a little collection of drawings of authors. The centrepiece is a Picasso drawing of Balzac that hangs over the mantelpiece.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Dr Watson. He tells us about someone braver and cleverer than he is.
Who is your hero/ heroine from outside literature?
Willie Dixon: the most prolific and successful blues composer ever.
Ken Follett's new novel is 'Winter of the World' (Macmillan).
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Terror threat level raised to severe as PM warns Isis risk could last for decades
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
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