Interviews

Credo: Sue Townsend

Independent on Sunday Registered blind for four years, the creator of Adrian Mole has written a sequel to ‘The Queen and I’, a wry royal saga. I believe people do not mature very much. I’m still waiting to properly mature. I believe that you can live without a mobile phone
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Ian Rankin: The singing detective

“Rebus and Siobhan will never jump into bed together,” the 46-year old writer says emphatically, squirming like a schoolboy told his parents have sex. “Plenty of readers want it to happen, and it just ain’t gonna happen.”

Douglas Kennedy: Escape from LA

The Independent on Sunday 2nd October 2006 Douglas Kennedy is the kind of author you want to bump into at book parties. Deliciously gossipy, his sharp observations are telling little narratives about overheard pretentiousness and Hollywood fakery that reveal a deep cynicism about celebrity hype and a clear perspective about
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Bill Buford: Cookbooks are for wimps

It all started at a dinner party in Buford’s Manhattan apartment. Among the guests was Mario Batali, TV chef and proprietor of acclaimed New York eatery Babbo. He turned out to be the dinner guest from hell. Within moments of his arrival chez Buford, the writer knew inviting him was a mistake. Batali, one of the new breed of alpha-male cooks whose main rule is excess, took over, treating his host to his first lesson in muscular cookery and other guests to a night of macho drinking.

Vikram Seth: A family affair

“It is not as if the book was not well received, it was, and the questions and answers from the floor when I did events were very affecting. But just being there in Berlin, where these things took place, speaking in German and answering these questions, it was,” he pauses, searching for the right words. “It was tougher than it has been for me with other books.”

Antony Beevor: The history man

The Left isn’t going to like Antony Beevor’s book on the Spanish Civil War, but he’s used to controversy – his account of the fall of Berlin elicited heated protests from the Russian ambassador. Danuta Kean talks to him about the joys of digging in the archives, his despair about history students today and his brush with Jackie Onassis

Joanna Trollope: Sibling rivalry

Joanna Trollope, whose latest novel is Brother and Sister, talks to Danuta Kean about adoption, identity crisis and sniping hackettes

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