For more than thirty years Henry James kept a writer’s diary in which he recorded his observations, ideas for works-in-progress, and reflections on writing. Miranda Miller examines their contents and finds useful advice for modern novelists.
Mirza Waheed speaks with Ann Morgan about his childhood in Kashmir and the injustice and violence he witnessed there, encountering the English literary canon in Delhi, and the influence of those experiences when writing his first novel in London.
'Chekhov's advice is always moral. He isn't really telling his brother how to write, he's telling him how to live; if he can get the living right, the writing will follow.'
'In recent decades I've largely read novels or non-fiction, but then I got involved with a community based RLF project, the Reading Round, which is entirely built around short fiction, and my interest was revived.'