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An interview with John Banville

An interview with John Banville

John Banville is the author of Booker Prize-winning novel The SeaThe Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the same award in 1989. It tells the story of Freddie Montgomery, who stole a Dutch old-master painting from a wealthy family friend and murdered the chambermaid who caught him in the act. Narcissistic, greedy and reckless, he travels through life apparently without remorse. It's a wonderfully dark, insightful and unnerving crime novel and a lyrical exploration of an unreliable mind. Here we go into the mind of Freddie's creator...

An interview with Ellen Feldman

An interview with Ellen Feldman

Guggenheim Fellow Ellen Feldman has written five novels. Her 2009 book Scottsboro, which has been made into a Picador Classic, is inspired by the shocking true story of the Scottsboro boys. In 1931, nine black youths were accused of raping two white girls. An impassioned young journalist tries to save the boys from the electric chair. It's this intersection between individual lives and wider political events and ideals that makes Feldman's writing so powerful.

An interview with Alain de Botton

An interview with Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton's philosophy throws light on the big challenges of our lives. In Essays in Love, he charts each stage of a relationship with startling clarity and explores emotions often felt but rarely understood.

 We asked the author and founder of The School of Life about his obsessions, reading habits, and the advice he would give to his younger self.

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