Behind the Pen: John Steinbeck on the life and death sequence of book writing

I have always considered that while some writers must be glad to see the back of a book they're working on, most must feel quite sad and melancholic about coming to the end, and letting go of something they have devoted much time and effort to. They … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Norman Mailer on the influences of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner

Remarkably, Dwayne Raymond’s Mornings with Mailer (Harper Perennial) has sat untouched on my bookshelf for four years. Or rather it had done until I randomly picked it up on Friday and began reading it. This tender and intimate memoir, which recalls … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Martha Gellhorn on what journalism gave her

In previous posts I've used my 'Behind the Pen' feature on RobAroundBooks solely for interviews. However, moving forward I want to share and discuss more about the beautiful minds who gift us their words. And so I'm expanding this feature to include … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Niccolò Ammaniti

Few contemporary writers get me in as much of a spin these days as the Italian, Niccolò Ammaniti. And so it was a real honour for this super fan to catch up with the man at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, to ask him a few questions about his … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Libby Cone, author of War on the Margins

This week sees the exciting release of War on the Margins by Libby Cone. Well written and engaging, War on the Margins is an important novel, because it not only sheds light on the level of suffering that was inflicted upon the Channel Islanders … [Read more...]