All items: Philip Roth

Mark McCrum speaks with James McConnachie about his long term background efforts in fiction, his experiences with self-publishing and how to do it properly, finding success in genre fiction and his openness to whatever comes next.

Although writers are often asked about their favourite tools – from pens to laptops – the chairs on which they sit to write are seldom mentioned. Alex Games wonders why so little attention has been paid to this crucial piece of furniture.
History books changed my life, particularly social and feminist history because they showed me myself, and the world beyond my small boundaries.
Our separation was a stringent period; parenting, ambient beats, no girls allowed except for my daughter, and martial arts which in a very direct way changes the artist.

Charles Boyle considers the range of circumstances that make writers stop writing, sometimes forever, and why this can be an amicable separation.

Kevin Clarke shares a cautionary tale about deliberate plagiarism in the screen-writing industries - an issue he has had to contend with not once, but at least five times.

Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Doris Lessing, John Fowles, A.S. Byatt — all have written novels with novelist protagonists. Charles Jennings finds none of them comes close to capturing the ‘neurotic headbanging inwardness’ of the real writer’s life.