“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “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. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

“Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?”: Ian Sansom

Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...

What crime novel would you most like to have written?
Georges Simenon, THE MAN WHO WATCHED TRAINS GO BY.

What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Bartleby the Scrivener.

Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
The Bible.

Most satisfying writing moment?
There are no satisfying writing moments.

The best Irish crime novel is …?
Flann O’Brien, AT-SWIM-TWO-BIRDS.

What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
See above.

Worst / best thing about being a writer?
It’s all good.

The pitch for your next book is …?
Currently under inspection.

Who are you reading right now?
Stefan Zweig.

God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
I refuse to do business with terrorists.

The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Oi va voi.

Ian Sansom’s THE BAD BOOK AFFAIR is published by Fourth Estate.

6 comments:

adrian mckinty said...

Bartleby? I've actually had that job for real (working in a dead letter office, not the scrivening part) and its not at all fun. In fact Bartleby the Scrivener's story tells you exactly how much not fun it is. You'd be better off as virtually anyone else in that story.

Gerard Brennan said...

Ian Sansom is "legen...hope-you're-not-lactose-intolerant...dary!"

Not only is a terrific writer, but he's the best creative writing teacher I've encountered to date. He's pretty dapper too, in a tweed and paisley sort of way. I think he even has a jacket with leather patches on the elbows...

Buy his books, people.

Cheers

gb

seana said...

He does look a bit Bartlebyish in that picture, though.

Peter Rozovsky said...

Mazel tov on the fine interview, Reb Declan. I really should discuss Ian's work in greater detail, but I prefer not to.
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Peter Rozovsky said...

OK, you talked me into it.
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