Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
MCEWAN PREVIEWS NEW NOVEL AT HAY
From We Love this Book :
Ian McEwan told a packed-out audience at Hay about his new
novel, the MI5-based Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan told his fans at Hay that his new novel Sweet
Tooth, set in 1970s Brighton and London, was inspired by the works of
John le Carré, with whom he met for an “agreeable” lunch to brainstorm. It
tells the story of a young writer in the 1970s (reeking of similarity to
McEwan’s own years at the University of Sussex from 1967-70), who is
approached by MI5, offering to support his work.
Timothy Garton Ash, interviewing, asked the Man Booker
winner what drew him to le Carré-land. “All novelists are interested in
deception,” he said. “All novels are spy novels, and all writers are