One Minute With: Sabine Durrant, novelist
Friday 26 April 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm walking my dog on Wandsworth Common, and in front of me I can see the pool, with ducks, trees and overhead a distant aeroplane.
What are you currently reading?
'Broken Harbour' by Tana French, set on half-built estate outside Dublin –incredibly well-plotted.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Anne Tyler. Her prose is deceptively simple, and in her novels ordinary people do everyday things – but all human life is there.
Describe the room where you usually write
In bed with my laptop. It's quite a small bedroom but it overlooks the garden, and at the moment I can see next door's magnolia in bloom.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Sadly, not one of the great heroines like Jane Austen's Elinor Dashwood ['Sense and Sensibility']. Probably I'm [Beatrix Potter's] Mrs Tiggy-winkle, because I feel that all I do is the washing…
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Camila Batmanghelidjh of the charity Kids Company: a charismatic woman who does amazing work with children living in poverty.
Sabine Durrant's 'Under Your Skin' is published by Mulholland Books
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