Nick Holdstock speaks with John Siddique about living in and writing about China and the nature of the 'Chinese dream', his unexpected job cataloguing the book collection of the late Doris Lessing, and the inspiration of serendipitous finds in second-hand books.
Editing one’s own work can be a painful process, argues Nick Holdstock. Most writers are reluctant to ‘kill their darlings’, in Faulkner’s famous phrase. But if one can overcome this feeling, it can only make for a better work. At least that’s what he tells himself.
Where do books go to die? Writer and bibliophile Nick Holdstock once worked in a bookshop, undertaking what you might call secondhand book triage. Here he questions the necessity of destruction, and the value of survival.