One minute with: Mike Gayle, novelist
Friday 05 July 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
In my study, in a (relatively leafy) suburb of Birmingham. I can see the garden. It's pretty green.
What are you currently reading?
A novel, A Day at the Office by Matt Dunn, and a social psychology book, The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Oddly enough they're equally funny and thought provoking.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Madeleine St John. Her style lacked fuss, but her characters thought and acted like real people, which is nowhere near as easy as it sounds.
Describe the room where you usually write
My study used to be my youngest daughter's bedroom hence the bright pink walls. It's full of books and toys from the 1980s.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Jennings from the children's series by Anthony Buckeridge. We're both prone to be more impetuous than is probably wise.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Dave Gedge, from the Wedding Present. Back in the late 1980s they were every Smiths fan's second favourite band but my first. I wanted to write books like their songs.
Mike Gayle's new novel, 'Turning Forty', is published by Hodder & Stoughton
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
New Netflix releases: Films and TV shows coming August 2014
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy
Star Wars Episode 7: Simon Pegg hints at role
Guardians of the Galaxy - review: A superficial and half-hearted Marvel film
R Kelly dropped from Ohio music festival following backlash
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
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
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
- < Previous
- Next >