Saturday, October 15, 2005

JAKE ARNOTT--KICK ASS (CRIME) NOVELIST

Clare Dudman is taking a hiatus from blogging, but before that she posted an interview with Jake Arnott, author of The Long Firm. I picked up this novel on the recommendation of Iain at Pulp Fiction in Brisbane and read it on the flight home. It's an absolute corker of a novel, very interesting structurally. The dialogue and description from 1960s London seems spot-on. It's an amazing character study as well as a damn fine historical novel, in a sense. And very clever without being facile. Definitely one of the high points of my reading recently, so I was glad to see Clare mentioning it.

JeffV

2 Comments:

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The interview mentions the BBC adaptation of the Long Firm. This was great, definatly worth hunting out on DVD.

Beautifully realised and acted by people who definatly got the book.

Prof

 
At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Clare said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog Jeff....Jake Arnott's discussion at the festival was pretty good as well. I didn't see the serial, but I have a tape of another TV programme which follows 3 aspiring writers seeking publication, and the one that succeeds is Mr Arnott.

 

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