One minute with: Wendy Perriam, novelist
Friday 26 July 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm nine floors up, in my London flat, watching a mallard... perched right outside on the window-ledge. After 35 years living in net-curtain-twitching Surbiton, I'm surprised by the wildlife here.
What are you currently reading?
Sam Byers's Idiopathy... "A novel of love, narcissism and ailing cattle" - a brilliantly original book, even down to its jacket.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire him/her?
Anita Brookner, for her courage in writing about loneliness – and the courage of her unmarried, childless, isolated protagonists.
Describe the room where you usually write
Dark-red, womb-like walls; two paintings by my artist friend, Keith New; pots of red geraniums, and... a shelf of reference books.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Peter Abelard's mistress, Héloise. After the birth of their illicit child, and Abelard's... castration, both sought refuge in religious life. But, whereas Abelard did a volte face... she reiterated her passion in a series of ardent letters. What a woman!
Wendy Perriam's new novel is 'An Enormous Yes' (Robert Hale)
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Boston Marathon runner's search for mystery man she kissed ends with letter from his wife
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 3 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 4 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
- 5 Chinese theme park sets up 'death simulator' where volunteers can experience being cremated
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'