Material possessions fail to quell his self-loathing or heal, or avert, the divisions and disasters abundant in his world; reading the book as a student in Thatcher's London it subtly but perfectly reflected the culture around me.
If I there is a guiding principle behind my reading — let's call it a 'tendency' — it's the idea of The Canon. I've been working on The Canon since I was at school.
Arriving in Britain from her native Australia Cherise Saywell wondered if she would ever find the confidence to write. More recently, she has found that being an outsider may be no bad thing for a writer.
The strange, diminutive ‘dwarf’s apartment’ in Mantua’s Ducal Palace inspired Clare Colvin to write a historical novel. She later discovered the truth about those dwarfs — and discovered, too, that many novels have been born inside mysterious or hidden chambers.