When I first started writing stories seriously around 15 years ago there were three collections that pretty much obsessed me – Peter Carey’s The Fat Man in History, Jim Crace’s Continent and Tobias Wolff’s In The Garden of the North America Martyrs – all very different but I think my own collection bears the marks of all of them. Recently, for the first time, I have been writing some non-fiction and along the way have discovered some brilliant books of essays – Brian Dillon’s Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives, Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem and John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead.
Tom at Word Factory:
Tom Lee’s debut collection of stories, Greenfly, was described in The Times Literary Supplement as ‘fizzing with an energy at once dark and playful, swift in its impact, enduring in its effect’. He is the recipient of two Arts Council Awards and in 2012 was shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the largest prize for a single short story in the world. He is also the author of two pieces of memoir published in The Dublin Review, part of a projected Misery Trilogy about crises both physical and mental. Tom is currently a Guest Tutor on the MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, London.