One Minute With: Susie Boyt, novelist
Friday 28 June 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
I am in a café in Chalk Farm where I sometimes work which shares its premises with a legal practice... I can see men going in and out of William Hill's looking forlorn... Derek Jacobi's housekeeper is in the café buying croissants.
What are you currently reading?
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton, and Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire him/her
Jean Stafford. She writes about nervous emergencies, collapses and convalescence, with great liveliness and irony. Her prose has a brimming quality but it is also quite strict and tart.
Where do you usually write?
In a small room full of junk with a green carpet and orange stripy curtains, looking out over London.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
A mixture of Anne Elliot from Persuasion and George Harvey Bone from Hangover Square and maybe 5 per cent Miss Piggy.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature
Sigmund Freud, my Mum, Henry James, Judy Garland, Jesus – not that any of these are really outside literature.
Susie Boyt's 'The Small Hours' is published in paperback by Virago
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 2 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 Germanwings crash: 'Andreas Lubitz planned to marry pregnant girlfriend', claims German report
- 5 Germanwings plane crash: Transcript reveals passengers 'screamed for over five minutes' before plane crashed into mountain
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Jay Z launches streaming service Tidal with help from Kanye West, Rihanna and Coldplay
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Menstruation-themed photo series artist 'censored by Instagram' says images are to demystify taboos around periods
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans