One Minute With: Stella Duffy, novelist
Saturday 14 July 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
In my home in South London. I can see a massive whiteboard covered in ideas.
What are you currently reading?
Three books for a panel on Great Queens – Theresa Breslin's Spy For the Queen; Kate Williams's Young Elizabeth; Karen Maitland's The Falcons of Fire and Ice.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Margaret Atwood for consistently coming up with the goods, for remaining political and engaged, and for her twitter feed.
Describe the room where you usually write
A bright, light office in our house.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
There have been times when it might have been preferable for me to keep quiet, but I was brought up to believe truth is all. Empress Theodora from my last two books is not fictional, but she had a tendency to speak up, no matter what the consequences.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
A toss-up between the feminist foremothers, those who came before me in coming out, and anyone who works for equality, so can I have Mary Wollstonecraft, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Castle?
Stella Duffy's ' The Purple Shroud', is published by Virago
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 2 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
- 4 Amy Winehouse unpublished 2004 interview: ‘Ten years from now I’ll be 30, so I’ll maybe have one baby’
- 5 Dutch paedophile club to fight their ban at the European Court of Human Rights
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?
Hercules, review: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson takes centre stage in preposterous film
Fight Club 2: Chuck Palahniuk sequel is a 'meta-fictional comment on the cultural response to the original'
Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia