Three Books That Have Inspired Me:
- Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Few novels capture the furious strangeness of youth like Capote’s lonely coming of age story. I re-read it if I loose inspiration.
- The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
The curiosities of love are beautifully described, but for me it’s always been a story about the complications and pleasures of merging life and fiction.
- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
A bleak and brilliant exploration of how relationships unravel. This novel is one of the many reasons I never want to grow up.
Three Books I Have Enjoyed Reading Recently:
- The Days and Nights of London Now by Craig Taylor
A collection of London voices and the perfect inspiration for anyone writing about the city.
- A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
A gorgeously carnal love story set in 1950s France.
- Sketcher by Roland Watson Grant
A swampy, sweaty tale of adolescence and New Orleans voodoo.
Anna is a novelist and travel writer. Her first novel, Isabel and Rocco, was published in 2004. Helen Dunmore described it as “hypnotic, transgressive and enclosed… remarkable”. Her second novel, The Pink Hotel, was published in 2011 and longlisted for the Orange Prize 2012. “Astonishingly good,” said The Times; “an elegant noirish mystery,” said The Independent. She writes about travel for The Observer Magazine. Her third novel, The Art of Leaving, is out now.
Visit Anna online at: www.annastothard.com