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A. L. Kennedy interview

A. L. Kennedy interview

A. L. Kennedy tells us what she's working on next and explains she's never met any perfect people. 

This is part of our series of Man Booker Prize 2016 longlisted author interviews.


What has it been like to be longlisted? 

I’ve been very busy this summer, so I’m not sure. People have been pleased for me as I’ve passed which is nice of them.


What are you working on next?

There will be a novel along in a while. At the moment it’s short stories, essays and some film scripts.


What are you reading at the moment?

The New Odyssey by Patrick Kingsley.


What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

That would be quite hard to say. I did enjoy The Sea by John Banville.


The London of Serious Sweet is a broken city inhabited by largely broken people. Is your view of London this bleak?

I don’t think the people are broken – they’re just people. I’ve never met any perfect people. London is a hard place for most people who live in it, but most people who live in it behave with exemplary decency.


A. L. Kennedy