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When Clinton Heylin called in to Route HQ to sign the Collectorâ€™s Edition of Anarchy in the Year Zero, he took time out to answer some questions about the book.
Michael Nath talks to Seki Lynch about British Story. ‘Arthur Mountain is a kind of Falstaff; but at one time, he was also like Jack Carter (of the Ted Lewis novels), and Mark E Smith, along with some people Iâ€™ve known.’
Janet Watson answers questions on her memoir Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge.
‘I realised the only way to recreate my time with Mark was to relive it â€“ particularly strange as a forty-something trying to imagine making love with Mark for the first time in the back of my old Austin!’
‘HAVE you ever wondered what it would be like to go back to your teenage years? To your first love? Close friends? Not just as an idle thought, but to really immerse yourself in those years, actually talk to those people and see whether their memories match yours?’
Janet Watson writes about revisiting her youth in researching her memoir ‘Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge’
Sophie Coulombeau interviewed about Rites by Rebecca Pedley, the Assistant Editor on Routeâ€™s Next Great Novelist award.
‘Many people have written to me saying that the book has troubled them, disturbed them, made them feel compromised or involved, kept them awake at night questioning things they had never questioned before. Thatâ€™s absolute music to my ears.’
When Ada Wilson wrote Red Army Faction Blues, there were many things he knew about his protagonist Peter Urbach and many things he had to speculate on. It turns out he wasn’t that far off. Since Peter Urbach’s death in May 2011 â€“ just after Ada had finished writing the book â€“ more details about the life of this Polish undercover policeman have been revealed. Here, Ada shares some of the things he’s learnt.
Dave Pescod answers questions about his book ‘All Embracing And Other Stories’
‘After an hour and nearly a hundred hugs or more everybody was a bit high and nobody wanted to go home. They just stood there grinning, wanting more.’
Ada Wilson answers questions on his novel Red Army Faction Blues.
‘I first found a clip in a German celebrity magazine â€“ about antique cars, of all things â€“ in which Rainer Langhans first spoke about meeting Peter Green at Munich Airport, and the guitaristâ€™s visit to the High Fish Commune. The anecdote has subsequently been bandied around internet chat sites. At that point, Langhans was someone I instantly recognised as this media icon from the 1960s, but I canâ€™t say I was that familiar with the whole saga of Kommune 1.’
Michael Nath answers questions on his novel La Rochelle.
‘I was trying to write a novel that wasnâ€™t too much like a â€˜novelâ€™. It had to have the qualities of life instead, such as thickness, abundance, presence, a degree of untidiness. I was after something baroque and dishevelled, with a coat of varnish.’