Interview: Peter Carey

Interview: Peter Carey

Soon after we meet, on a brisk New York day, to talk about his latest book, Peter Carey wants to set the record straight about Julian Assange. Despite rumours, the Australian novelist was not asked to ghostwrite the memoir of the WikiLeaks founder. He says the story...

Interview: Will Arnett

  When interviewing comic actors, there is an expected protocol: you wonder how long before the first of many jokes lands, but Will Arnett may take the record with ten seconds in. When the publicist points out that I’m from the Irish Times, he quips that he’s...

Interview: Jimmy McGovern

On the day I’m supposed to interview Jimmy McGovern, he has to postpone. The writer is attending a funeral for a man who lost a child in the Hillsborough disaster. Despite his long years in television making acclaimed dramas like Cracker, The Lakes and Dockers, the...

Interview: Yiyun Li

Poison and intrigue in past and present China – When Yiyun Li left China, at the age of 24, she couldn’t speak English. Now, nearly two decades later, she is recognised as one of its most perceptive contemporary writers There is no prerequisite for becoming a...

Interview: Gary Shteyngart

When I finally get through to Gary Shteyngart’s London hotel room, after a Fawlty Towers style mix-up, he’s in bed. Not because he overslept but because he prefers to spend most of his time there writing, and jokes that he only leaves bed to go on book tours. “It’s...

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