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)
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