William Wall is the author of four novels, two collections of short fiction and three volumes of poetry. His novel This Is the Country was longlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He translates from the Italian.
William Wall on Granta.com
The Mountain Road
‘Funeral homes are always cold. There were pine benches in lines like a church. They had been varnished recently and there was that heady smell. It reminded me of my father’s boat, the wheelhouse brightwork newly touched up. It was the smell of childhood.’