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.
Tom Benn's new Bane novel, 'Chamber Music', is published by Cape
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Star Trek 3 to begin shooting in next six months
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Robin Thicke’s hit 'Blurred Lines' lands him in court, and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'