Month: December 2008

Christmas special – Cathy Cassidy interview

Ginger Snaps coverWhen Cathy Cassidy was in Bath for the Children’s Literature Festival in September, my daughters Livi and Abby, along with their friend Ellie, were lucky enough to get the chance to interview her.

In the interview, Cathy talks about how she started out as a writer, how she creates her characters and gives some hints about her next books. She also has tips for aspiring young writers.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here. [20:36]

Cathy Cassidy

Auster and Aslam

Nadeem Aslam coverPaul Auster Man in the DarkThe latest podcast I’ve produced for Faber has just gone up on their site. In it I talk to novelists Paul Auster and Nadeem Aslam about the books they published this autumn. You can find the podcast here.

In Auster’s book, Man in the Dark, an ageing literary critic, August Brill, spends a night imagining a dystopian future in which America is embroiled in a civil war as a way of distracting him from the ghosts that trouble his sleep, not least of which is the death of his granddaughter’s boyfriend in Iraq. Read More