As you probably know, The Heat of the Kitchen is a story about a little town in Provence which only exists in my imagination, so I find it particularly interesting when French people pass comments on it. I received recently a review from a very old friend indeed. His name is Michel Rabinovitch, and he … Continue reading
Many years ago, shortly after my career as an academic began, one of my undergraduate students asked me “What is literary style? And in particular, what is ‘good’style?” The other students responded with laughter, which reminded me of two incidents from my own undergraduate days: once when my genuine but apparently naive question was greeted … Continue reading
When, shortly after completing my first novel, I began submitting it to agents and publishers, there were invariably two questions which I was required to answer and which I found incredibly difficult. The first of these involved saying which established writer’s output most resembled. I could see the reason for the question being posed, because … Continue reading
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