Zadie Smith on writing tighter sentences, the ‘essential hubris’ of criticism and why novelists prefer writing in their pyjamas.
‘I could shape a story before my mouth could shape the words’
‘I have no memory of intending to write a novel.’
Rachel Seiffert reads her work and talks to Granta about writing silences, the inescapability of history, the Troubles and learning to love her characters.
‘I wanted to be sure to approach their resistance to Nnenna’s homosexuality from a practical perspective – one of fear, rather than one of hate.’
I’m not interested in ‘transparent’ or ‘objective’ narrators, I’m just looking for gripping fictional voices
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