The question I am most asked (aside from ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’, which I always feel should actually be ‘Why do you have these ideas?), is ‘Why does an Englishman write crime books set in the USA?’… Continue reading
ABOUT BOOKS AND MUSIC
The irony was not altogether lost on me. Though irony – possibly – was not the right word. Perhaps it was just another example of the way in which life can sometimes double-back, can turn… Continue reading
IN COLD BLOOD
In mid-November, 1959, Truman Capote, renowned author of ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was struck by a newspaper article that appeared in the New York Times. Little more than a brief squib, it… Continue reading
A WRITER’S LIFE
A writer’s life is often considered to be a life of ease. Apparently there was a survey last year of the British public, and following on from ‘professional footballer’ as the most favoured profession, writer came… Continue reading
What ya readin’ for?
The best explanation of the difference between non-fiction and fiction, I feel, is that non-fiction's primary purpose is to convey information, whereas the purpose of fiction is to evoke an emotion in the reader.