1. Who’s your all-time favourite author, and why?
John Fowles because his use of language is astonishing, glorious, erudite and because it teaches me, without patronising, and because he creates worlds that I never want to leave. Particularly The French Lieutenant’s Woman
for its extraordinary story within the story, modern/Victorian novel, double-ending brilliance.
2. Who was your first favourite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favourites?
Marina Fiorato, see here for her debut novel, The Glassblower of Murano, just published in the UK. An absolute must-read for lovers of Venice, lovers of glass and its extraordinary nature and lovers of mystery and love. Lovers, really.
4. If someone asked you who your favourite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?
John Fowles, Lewis Carroll, Maggie O’Farrell, Rose Tremain, Jeanette Winterson, Marina Fiorato.
And on a bit of reflection … Niall Williams, Philip Larkin, George Eliot, the Brontes, Jean Rhys, Michael Ondaatje, Douglas Adams, Khaled Hosseini, Danny Schienmann, one William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosamund Lehmann and so many more … but if I listed them all this reflection would go on until tomorow.
I tag these five people to continue this meme, if they feel like it:
and anyone else who’d like to join in … .