I seem to have a real penchant for female North American writers – Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Anne Tyler, Annie Proulx, Lorrie Moore – I love the detail and the vivacity of their writing, and their ability to load ‘small’ things with huge political and emotional weight. Recent books which I’ve adored include Cynan Jones’ The Long Dry, a short novel with a huge punch, and Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood (published in March 2014) which is a brilliant, gripping piece of historical storytelling.
Sarah reading Word Factory:
Sarah’s debut novel Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love is published by Picador and in 15 other countries around the world. She runs UrbanWords, exploring the relationship between writing and place through projects and writing-residencies. Sarah can be visited at her website – sarahbutler.org.uk.