“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Let’s Talk About Text, Baby

John Baker (right) has been running a fascinating exercise over at his blog for the last month or so, asking a host of writers to document their personal experiences of ‘Creating a Text’. Borderlands author Brian McGilloway’s contribution can be found here, while Declan Burke’s humble offering is skulking way back here, muttering manically to itself and blushing furiously if anyone so much as glances in its direction. Baker describes his blog as ‘the reflections of a working writer and reader’. Working writer? Okay, we’re fine with that. But we particularly like the idea of a working reader …

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