reading meme


# What are you reading right now?

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Hardy; Face of the Enemy by

 (ironically enough); Gold by Dan Rhodes; Day by AL Kennedy; An old pub near the angel by Jim Kelman

# Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?

Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace; the new Gianrico Carofiglio and End Games by Michael Dibdin

# What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?

The DWM season 3 special

# What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read?

A play which inverted black and white for sociological comment within the English class, but which failed to engage the class at all.

# What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?

Pfitz by Andrew Crumey

# Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they?

We don’t have a town library in the area where I now live.  My children are well known to the librarian in our nieghbouring town, and my materialist instincts mean that our house has been steadily swamped in books.

# Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all?

I’ve not had any joy persuading people I know of the merits of Anthony Price’s Dr Audley spy thrillers.

# Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you’re having sex? While you’re driving?

In order: Yes, yes, sometimes, yes, occasionally, em no, and I don’t drive but read when someone else is driving.

# When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?

No, other than my regular reading of Doctor Who target novelisations (around the time Baker, C was in situ)

# What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

The Damned Utd by David Peace

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I watch the telly and read when not doing law stuff and plugging my decade and a half old unwatched Edinburgh fringe show.
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5 Responses to reading meme

  1. shaz_rte says:

    The Damned Utd is mind-blowing — I read it all in one sitting. Oddly enough I’ve never much taken to Peace’s crime fiction. And I highly recommend the new Carofiglio (he’s done our new ‘Sixty seconds with . . .’ interview at RTE which will be posted in about a month).
    A friend of mine used to work with Anthony Price on a local paper and he recommended his books. I’ve read one or two and never quite got around to finding the others.
    Never come across Andrew Crumey — I’ll investigate!

    • I went to see Carofiglio at the book festival last week – charming, although a little full of himself (he claimed he writes like Carver and Hemingway and is stylistically influenced by Steinbeck). The other writer there was martin Suter (recommended to me by Austrian and Swiss students) who was self-effacing and more northern European in manner. Saskia Noort should have been there but cancelled. I recently finished her Dinner Club novel – and still not sure what to make of it.
      I’ve been a big fan of Peace’s crime fiction and am going to hear him next month when he has the Scottish launch for his new novel.
      Crumey was literary editor of Scotland on Sunday and originally published bY Dedalus. His first novel is an alt UK where the country is opened up after the fall of communism – and there is a charming love story in the midst of it. His next three novels are a loosely related triptych. The first is Pfits – about a town where the local ruler has all the locals employed in designing the perfect town and the people to populate it. A Calvino or Borges types meta-fiction – it’s light of touch, and as charming as Calvino. His most recent novel was Mobius Dick which revisited the UK of Music in a foreign language in the midst of coincidences and thoughts about Philip K Dick and others. Jonathan Coe is a big fan (as he is of any british writer that is a little or a lot experimental).

      • shaz_rte says:

        Not quite convinced by Carofiglio’s, um, influences ;o) Coincidentally a review copy of the Suter turned up in my backlog of post today. I’m not sure about the Noort either — the smug middle-class types didn’t really gain my sympathy, but I’d like to read other stuff she’s written.
        I’ll be interested to hear what Peace’s talk is like. I am partway through the ‘years’ sequence and actually not that fussed. But I think I need to give them another go considering The Damned Utd is now in my top ten of best books I’ve ever read. The new Japanese series sounds like it could be worth a look.
        I’ve ordered Pfits from Amazon :o)

        • If Carofiglio had said he was influenced by Scott Turow, even Simenon, I’d have believed him. He was also very disparaging about other italian crime writers. I’d have thought that Carlotto and Camilleri warranted some positive comments.
          Peace’s novel about the miners strike is pretty good too. It won the James Tait Black prize.

          • shaz_rte says:

            Hmmm . . . ;o) Carlotto’s work is very good imo, and I can see similarities between his work and Carofiglio’s. I’ve never read any Camilleri — keep meaning to and get sidetracked!
            I’d say Carofiglio had much more in common with the likes of Chandler that with the names he’s citing.

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