We talk to the winner of the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
‘What is your guiltiest pleasure? Is it really a pleasure if you feel bad about it?’
A discussion of the mind of Abraham Lincoln, the art of creating historical voices, verbal improv and writing the afterlife.
‘I suppose if something moves me to write, I don't question it.’
‘From her letters we learn about the woman as opposed to the writer. Iris Murdoch’s philosophy and fiction reveal her rational public face; in her letters she speaks from the heart.’
‘At four o’clock in the morning, when Louis de Bernières has lines of poetry repeating in his head which won’t stop gnawing away, he writes them down.‘
‘It wasn't his first radio interview—he'd done a few in New York the previous year—but certainly among his earliest.’
‘You referred to a comrade as ‘Mister’. That's offensive.’
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