One Minute With: Lucy Caldwell, novelist
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.
Friday 01 February 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm at my desk in front of my computer and I can see a page full of Kurdish phrases. I'm going to northern Iraq tomorrow with the British Council, for the Erbil literature festival.
What are you currently reading?
I'm just finishing Adam Thorpe's 'Ulverton'. I think it's fantastic – the way he uses voices, and in particular the letters of an illiterate mother to the son who's due to be hanged.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Rosamond Lehmann. She's such a brilliant stylist, and writes with such passion about "women on the verge". It's easy to forget how good the prose is, because it's packed with such emotion.
Describe the room where you usually write
More a shoebox than a study - but it's completely my own. It's in an ugly maisonette in Kentish Town.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Could I go for a combination of all three of Chekhov's 'Three Sisters'?
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
My sister, who's a palliative care doctor. She works in hospices with people, and their families, at the very end of life.
Lucy Caldwell's new novel is 'All the Beggars Riding' (Faber & Faber)
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
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American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
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