Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See, writes:
I first saw the majestic seaside city of Saint-Malo after a full day of travel while on a French book tour. We arrived after dark and went straight to a crowded dinner on small chairs in a small room. Much eating and talking and smoking ensued, followed by more eating and talking and smoking. By the end of the meal I was desperate to get up and move. So while everyone else trudged back to the hotel, I went in the opposite direction, and climbed a long staircase, and found myself—utterly by chance—atop the massive stone ramparts that encircle the whole city. Read more…
A boy is trapped beneath the ruins of a city; from far above and across the airwaves, a girl reads aloud to him. Anthony Doerr explores the inspirations behind his new novel, All the Light We Cannot See – published in the UK on 8 May 2014.
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A lot of people make the mistake of thinking writers are just like ordinary people. They’re not. And when they move into your home they come with a special list of requirements that you ignore at your peril. This extract from The Complete Guide to the Care and Training of the Writer in Your Life provides handy tips that will ensure a smooth transition, for example, ‘Designate a warm, cozy area of your home as a “studio.” Your writer will appreciate a couch and blankets or other soft bedding material.’ Read more…
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Google predictive search doesn’t just throw up similar searches, it reveals poetry generated by a nation of inquisitive searchers. Google Poetics has brought all these poems/ searches together. The phrase ‘i oft’ leads to reflections on birds and a meditation on the past while ‘can a’ is a harsher poem that deals with pregnancy tests and viruses. The definitive digital anthology for our modern world.