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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'."

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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.

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