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Writers In Conversation with Christopher Bigsby
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 07 October 2011
Reflecting on his novel, Time's Arrow, Martin Amis remembers an odd moment from his childhood: "I asked my mother very uneasily: 'Who was Hitler?' and she said, 'Oh, don't worry about Hitler. He would have loved you'."
John Banville expresses regret at not going to university, Jonathan Franzen talks about the ease with which he creates female characters, and that's just the tip of the iceberg in this third volume of collected (and edited) talks conducted as part of the University of East Anglia's literary festival.
Bigsby, professor of American studies, proves with these wonderous exchanges that an interview is as intimate, amusing and as enlightening as its interviewer's questioning style.
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientists who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 3 Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' by Antiques Roadshow's Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
- 4 Russell Brand might seem like a sexy revolutionary worth getting behind, but he will only fail his fans
- 5 Michael McIntyre walks off stage after woman in the front row uses her phone
Breaking Bad series 6 is still not happening
Doctor Who review 'Flatline': Clara isn’t half bad as the Time Lord
Alfred Hitchcock's unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened
X Factor results: Two of Cheryl’s girls get the chop
Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' by Antiques Roadshow's Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'