One Minute With: Tom Benn, crime writer
Saturday 05 January 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm at home, at my desk. I see my laptop keyboard – four keys missing and counting.
What are you currently reading?
I've started Matt Thorne's Prince biography, and I'm also re-reading Jane Austen's 'Emma'.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Dashiell Hammett... I love the Continental Op's narration – it's stylish, unsentimental and deadpan-funny. His best mysteries have aged better than Chandler's... less heroic, more cynical.
Describe the room where you usually write
I write a lot in the library at the University of East Anglia... The walls are covered in undergrad graffiti (literary quotes, exam-time SOS's).
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Generally, I'm not interesting or uninteresting enough to be a recognisable character. But the last time I was single I may or may not have resembled Kenny from Richard Price's 'Ladies' Man': anxious, priapic, self-deluding.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Does Quentin Crisp count as "outside literature"? He refused to change for the world and waited for the world to change for him. And it did.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
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French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd