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Category: Guest Interviews

An Interview with Andrea Lechner-Becker

Andrea Lechner-Becker lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Her debut novel, Sixty Days Left, was published on 15 May 2018.

Sixty Days Left, by Andrea Lechner-BeckerWhat would you do with just sixty days left?

That’s the question Willow must ask when, after a terminal diagnosis, she moves from Wyoming’s wide-open spaces to Portland for Death with Dignity. In this diary-format novel, Willow explores her present and her past, while realizing that every decision forms her future.

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Lisa Rüll | Addicted to Peggy

This post has been published to mark International Women’s Day (8 March) and to introduce Lisa Rüll, PhD. A while ago, in Nottingham, Lisa gave a brilliant introduction to the documentary film Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. We spoke some while after the show. This is an abbreviated transcription of a longer conversation (the recording itself can be be listened to below). I’ve made many  changes here and there for clarity.

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In the Dead of Night: Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe visited Nottingham recently to introduce the film Dead of Night (1945) and to discuss his new book, Number 11. He kindly spared me a few minutes to talk to him before the show. This is a transcript of our conversation, which I recorded (the recording itself can be be listened to below). I’ve made some minor changes here and there for clarity.


Jonathan Coe and Jack Messenger

Jonathan Coe and Jack Messenger at the book signing for Number 11 after a screening of Dead of Night at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

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Number 11 | Jonathan Coe

Number 11

Published by Viking in hardback and paperback

Jonathan Coe’s eleventh novel is a metafictional labyrinth of allusions and connections to films, literary works and his own previous books (notably, What a Carve Up!), and another of his polymorphous ‘state of the nation’ addresses. It is a work of enormous confidence, audacity and inventiveness that takes the reader on an intriguing journey from past to present, from Birmingham via Beverley in Yorkshire to Australia and South Africa and London, from innocence to something very dark indeed. Continue reading

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