ontinuing our series of podcasts on the Best of Young British Novelists 4
, we hear from Jenni Fagan. Fagan’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Panopticon
, was published in 2012 and named one of the Waterstones Eleven, a selection of the best fiction debuts of the year. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her collection The Dead Queen of Bohemia
was named 3:AM
magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year. She holds an MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, and currently lives in a coastal village in Scotland. ‘Zephyrs’, in the issue, is an excerpt from her novel in progress. Here she speaks with Granta
’s Ellah Allfrey about the care system, how a library van nurtured her love of reading from a young age and her days in a band.
Photograph © Nadav Kander