Since then, the novel has received some rather rapturous reviews in the press, including high praise from the Guardian, the Metro, the Mail, the Telegraph, the Express and the FT. Now Gillian talks exclusively on the Kindle Blog about the inspirations behind the novel capturing the imaginations of critics across the board and we have an exclusive excerpt for you here.
Finding an Idea:
Virago’s Gillian Slovo on the irascible Victorian hero who inspired her latest novel.
Where do ideas come from? Well, to paraphrase both Arthur Miller and Leonard Cohen: if I knew that, I’d go there more often. Certainly, they don’t come easy to me. Try as I do to short-cut the process I always end up having to live inside the discomfort of not-knowing until an idea occurs and then sticks.
It’s not my favourite time in a novel’s genesis. I’m a writer and I am happiest (and unhappiest, but that’s a whole other story) writing. So while I struggle to drum up an idea, I rail against the unknowingness of it all. But I am a writer and therefore a voracious reader and so part of what I do in this phase is read – wildly, widely in the hope that instinct will eventually push me onto an interesting enough path.
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