One Minute With: Raphael Selbourne
Friday 22 January 2010
Where are you now and what can you see?
In Wolverhampton, at a friend's house. I can see a strip of back garden, large trees and a playing field with more houses beyond.
What are you currently reading?
The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig. It's a wonderfully moving story of an unfulfilled young woman.
Choose a favourite author and say why you like her/him
Isaac Bashevis Singer, because he's a master storyteller – almost unrivalled. I discovered him quite late in life: the best thing to have come out of doing a PGCE [teaching certificate].
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I've never identified with characters in that sense but I do enjoy reading about many-sided figures and their moral dilemmas. I've never murdered an elderly lady, but Raskolnikov [in Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment] is a powerful figure of guilt and fear.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's the size of a snooker table with two desks, a radio and computer.
What distracts you from writing?
The internet. It can be a gross waste of time.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
Apart from family and friends, and a couple of journalists, I haven't yet met any. I look forward to being heaped with praise – and also to meeting someone who has been made uncomfortable by the novel, for whatever reason.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran pastor, for his courage in resisting Nazism.
Raphael Selbourne's 'Beauty', published by Tindal Street Press, won the Costa First Novel Award.
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Hair loss explained: How and why men go bald
- 2 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
- 3 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 iPhone 6s camera: features to include 4K video camera and flash for selfies
- 5 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe Ned Stark's son may have a twin sister
Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
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France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
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