I was browsing the internet this morning, as you do and I came across some interesting ‘5 minute interviews’ on the BBC website.
The latest is with former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion (he of the lovely voice).
It’s worth a listen/watch – as is the interview with children’s writer and former Children’s Laureate, Jacqueline Wilson. Who needs to go to a literary festival when great writers like these are available at the touch of a button?
Have you got yourself a good book to read over Easter? I seem to have a ‘Sophie’ theme. I’ve just finished Sophie Hannah’s latest psycho-thriller, ‘Kind of Cruel’ and I’m just about to start Sophie Kinsella’s latest chick-lit romp, ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ – which I got for the bargain prize of £8 in Asda (hardback!).
The jury’s still out on Sophie Hannah, as far as I’m concerned. There’s no doubt she’s a very clever writer and her novels are gripping but they always leave me feeling vaguely dissatisfied. They’re a bit too convoluted and contrived and while I like the main police characters (Charlie and Simon), the other characters in her novels always feel very ‘unreal’ to me – like they’re just carrying the plot. She also shoves in a lot of her research (in this case, hypnosis and psychotherapy) which just makes my brain ache.
I’m hoping the new Sophie Kinsella will be a bit of a lighter read!