Charlie Place and Phillip Lewis (The Barrowfields) discuss planning out fictional houses, the detail and beauty of classical music, books about books, and how real life in all its ups and downs makes its mark on your work.
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00:25 You’re a litigation lawyer and used to write an online journal of criticism – tell us about your writing background 03:46 Where did this book come from? 08:00 Was there a reason for creating a fictional town (Old Buckram) related to what you’ve been saying? 09:56 What was your inspiration for the vulture house? 12:51 Tell us about the library 21:53 How important was music as a general part of the book compared to the other aspects? 26:04 How does the literature in the book relate to your own interests? 31:01 Did you ever worry that a significant number of literary references would be missed? 33:40 Was leaving until the end the mystery of what happened to Henry Senior always the plan? 42:34 Where did Bullar the dog first fit into the story for you? 45:20 What’s next?
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