Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Faber & Fizz at Dulwich Books 15.09.2016

And on Question Time tonight... Doughty, Spufford, Parker, Kelly
There was a fair old Faber novelist-slam went on last Thursday night in South London. The superb Dulwich Books, now under the inspired management of literary agent Susie Nicklin, hosted readings from and conversation between Louise Doughty (author of Black Water and soon-to-be-telly-smash Apple Tree Yard), Francis Spufford (who has moved formidably into fiction with Golden Hill), Harry Parker (whose Anatomy of a Soldier has been one of the year's major debuts), and myself, representing The Knives.

Before we got down to it, we sat as four for a pre-match interview with Lesley Strachan of Wandsworth Radio, and her adroitly edited version of that symposium can be listened to here.

Afterward we cracked open some prosecco: the 'fizz' part of the billing, which I was all for. It was a lovely evening, at a terrific shop, in front of an excellent audience who asked some striking questions. If I look a bit perplexed in the photo it's probably just because somebody had enquired after my opinion of Liam Fox.

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