Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits responds to Helen Simpson’s ‘Night Thoughts’ in Granta 115: The F Word.
‘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.’
The copyright to all contents of this site is held either by Granta or by the individual authors, and none of the material may be used elsewhere without written permission. For reprint enquiries,