One Minute With: Nikita Lalwani, novelist
Saturday 09 June 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm sitting outside Archway library in north London, in the pit by the roundabout, just past a fruit'n'veg stall... , lots of sun, a blaring pawn shop opposite.
What are you currently reading?
Slow Man by J M Coetzee. It's full of the trademark Coetzee minimalism, heartbreakingly mortal in this one, though; much more fragile than usual.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
James Salter. It's not really the stuff he writes about - he veers from... machismo to a very grand domesticity. It's the beauteous prose style... just shining like a new dime, as they say.
Describe the room where you normally write
My local pub which opens, usefully, at 9am. Big space full of empty tables and outsize shabby lamps, wood floods, bar at one end from which I get coffee and lime sodas.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Probably someone from a Pedro Almodóvar film, yes? Unnecessarily intense, unintentionally amusing.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
I admire unsung activists who use a mixture of anger and optimism to change the boundaries of people's lives. For example, Santosh Samal of the Dalit Foundation.
Nikita Lalwani's new novel, 'The Village', is published by Viking
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If you're not already angry about the migrant crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 2 David De Gea: Manchester United goalkeeper's £29m move to Real Madrid off - because paperwork 'not done in time'
- 3 Pansexual: What is it - and when did the term gain popularity?
- 4 Netherlands to withdraw food and shelter from failed asylum-seekers after just 'a few weeks'
- 5 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
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Trevor Noah, Edinburgh Fringe review: New Daily Show host warms up in inspired style
VMAs 2015: You can already buy ‘Kanye West for president’ t-shirts
VMAs 2015: Taylor Swift and her buddy Kendrick Lamar clean-up at awards - full list of winners
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms