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Interview with Herman Koch - The Observer, August 2016

The Dutch author of The Dinner talks about fame, antiheroes and fantasy dinner parties. 

 

 

 

Interview with Eowyn Ivey - The Observer, August 2016

The author of The Snow Child talks about folklore, mythology and the magic of Alaska. 

 

 

 

Interview with Joanna Kavenna - The Observer, July 2016

The author of The Field Guide to Reality talks about fantasy, reality and the madness of grief.

 

 

 

Interview with AL Kennedy - FT Weekend Magazine, June 2016

The novelist, playwright and essayist talks about writing, comedy and why she's leaving her beloved Telegraph Hill.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Maggie O'Farrell - FT Weekend Magazine, May 2016

The award-winning novelist talked about her daughter's extreme eczema, and how she devised a curing beeswax balm to treat it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Jonas Jonasson - The Observer, May 2016

The Swedish author talks about laughter, religion and why his bestselling novel, The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared, took him 47 years to write. 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Mark Haddon - FT Weekend Magazine, April 2016

The bestselling author of The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime gives me a masterclass in portrait drawing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Ayelet Gundar-Goshen - The Observer, March 2016

The Israeli novelist talks about writing, refugees and how her homeland is suffering from severe PTSD. 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Jem Lester - The Observer, March 2016

Interview with Jem Lester about his debut novel, Shtum, and on being the father of a boy with severe autism. 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Lisa Owens : The New Faces of Fiction - The Observer, January 2016

Interview with Lisa Owens about her debut novel, Not Working.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Jonathan Coe - FT Weekend Magazine, December 2015

I joined the author for a walk around his childhood haunt of The Lickey Hills in Birmingham for a conversation about writing, politics and his connection with Tolkein.

 

 

 

Interview with Sebastian Faulks - FT Weekend Magazine, November 2015

During a batting masterclass at the MCC Cricket Academy, the bestselling author of Birdsong talked about his love of cricket, his fascination with mental health and why he won't write about war again.

 

 

 

 

Interview with Jojo Moyes - The Observer, September 2015

On the eve of publishing After You - the sequel to her international bestseller, Me Before You - I talked to Jojo Moyes about writing, therapy and the impact of success. 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Julia Donaldson - FT Weekend Magazine, September 2015

The award-winning author of bestselling children's books - including The Gruffalo - gave me a masterclass in botany as we chatted about writing, childhood and the great outdoors.

 

 

 

Interview with Irvine Welsh - FT Weekend Magazine, May 2015

The acclaimed author of Trainspotting gave me a masterclass in boxing while we discussed writing, success and Scottish independence.

 

 

 

 

Interview with Rory Kinnear - FT Weekend Magazine, February 2015

Over a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, I talked to actor Rory Kinnear about Shakespeare, parenthood and why puzzles are a good displacement activity.

 

 

 

 

Interview with Graham Swift - FT Weekend Magazine, October 2014

Walking across the South Downs, Graham Swift chatted to me about writing, war and 'the stuff of life'. 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Peter Ackroyd - FT Weekend Magazine, April 2014

I interviewed the novelist, biographer and historian as he took me on a guided tour of Holborn.

 

Interview with Charlotte Mendelson - FT Weekend Magazine, April 2014

I interviewed the Booker Prize nominated and Women's Prize longlisted author about her passion for gardening. 

 

What It's Really Like to Date a Younger Man - Red Magazine, March 2014

In the March 2014 edition of Red magazine, I wrote about finding love with a man seven years younger than me - both the challenges and the rewards an age-gap relationship brings.