“Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.” – Eoin McNamee “This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 “This rapid-fire novel deserves a place on any bookshelf that grants asylum to PG Wodehouse, Flann O’Brien or Kyril Bonfiglioli.” – Eoin Colfer, Guardian Best Books of the Year 2019 “The funniest book of the year.” – Sunday Independent “Declan Burke is one funny bastard. The Lammisters ... conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story.” – Liz Nugent “Burke’s exuberant prose takes centre stage … He plays with language like a jazz soloist stretching the boundaries of musical theory.” – Totally Dublin “A mega-meta smorgasbord of inventive language ... linguistic verve not just on every page but every line.Irish Times “Above all, The Lammisters gives the impression of a writer enjoying himself. And so, dear reader, should you.” – Sunday Times “A triumph of absurdity, which burlesques the literary canon from Shakespeare, Pope and Austen to Flann O’Brien … The Lammisters is very clever indeed.” – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?”: Miles Corwin

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?
THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett.

What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Alejandro Stern in PRESUMED INNOCENT.

Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Sportswriters who write books.

Most satisfying writing moment?
When I finished the first chapter of my first novel and realized I could finish it.

The best Irish crime novel is …?
I haven’t read a lot of Irish crime fiction, but I just finished THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST by Stuart Neville and thought it was terrific.

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

Worst / best thing about being a writer?
The best thing is being able to delay growing up. The worst thing is, because you’ve delayed growing up, you haven’t paid attention to a lot of things that could have made you money.

The pitch for your next book is …?

Who are you reading right now?
AGENT ZIGZAG by Ben MacIntyre.

God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?

The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Realistic. Gritty. Compassionate.

Miles Corwin’s KIND OF BLUE is published by Oceanview Publishing.

1 comment:

Photographe à Dublin said...

"Requiems for the Departed", the collection of short stories from Morrigan Press is worth reading.

It's a sort of gothic "Kiss Me Kate" where stories run parallel in time through the narratives.

I got it through our local library and it is worth making a case for the fee paid to authors every time a book is borrowed to be retained.