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.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Edna O'Brien interview - 'You have to be lonely to be a writer' - video
More than half a century after scandalising the world with her taboo-breaking novel The Country Girls, the Irish writer Edna O'Brien is still going strong. As her memoir Country Girl is published, she speaks to Jane Martinson about her 'Mata Hari' reputation, celebrity dinner party guests such as Judy Garland and Sean Connery, how much harder her memoir was to write than her novels, and why she has always embraced her own loneliness.