How She Became A Loner

“I just don’t like people,” she says. “How can you not like people?” “That moment – when I sense a stranger is about to speak to me – is a moment I dread. If I could, I’d just ignore them and walk away. I’d press a button and disappear. I’d do anything to escape.” She…

Lost In A Strange World: Is Ignorance Actually Good For Us?

Reading shapes our lives. At least some of us. I first read Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française when I was loitering on a cold bench in a dark crevice in the basement of a football museum. I felt uncomfortable, out of place and out of sorts. And it wasn’t only the futility of the museum that…

Bold, Brave & Brilliant: Book-Love Is The Most Exciting Life

“One thing I’ll have to learn before the end of civilisation is how to look at the stars and tell where I’m going.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. Let’s start with the fun bit. Well, everyone likes to, don’t they? It seems I was no different to most children – even early on, reading good…

I Know How To Steal Your Time & Make You Stressed

Douglas Adams used to take long baths. Haruki Murakami swims fifteen hundred metres. Kurt Vonnegut drank Scotch and did sit-ups. (Bizarrely, they all involve liquid.) One day I said to myself, you’re a writer now, so what do you do to prepare? And I realised I drive. My mode of transport is an old, tatty…

Carla On Mind Caves, Provoking Opinion and Other Writers

Important questions first: what’s your writing day like? Any strange habits? Let’s be clear from the outset: I don’t do hundreds of press-ups and drink copious quantities of scotch to “numb my twanging intellect”, Vonnegut-style. Writing’s a leisurely affair in my house. I wake up, eat a boiled egg, take a shower. I put on…