Submitted by Leah on Mon, 2015-09-14 16:42
What has it been like to be longlisted?
Wonderful. I feel incredibly fortunate, and very happy that my work will now find more readers.
What are you working on next?
I’m not sure, but I think it’ll be a shorter work, and may have a fantastical premise.
What are you reading at the moment?
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin. It’s tremendous.
What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?
The Line of Beauty.
The Year of the Runaways is a particularly timely book centred on immigrants in Sheffield. Can it rightly be called a political novel?
Perhaps, and I don’t have any problem with the term, and the book does concern itself with ideas of goodness and allegiance and sacrifice, which, these days, are increasingly politicised notions. That said, I never set out to write any particular kind of novel, or for the work to have any sort of rationale. My main wish was only to write a novel that felt alive and might enthral the reader.