An­drew Miller

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The book I’m cur­rently read­ing

The Cor­ner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It’s a long, dense book about me­dieval nuns. What’s not to like? It’s witty, knowl­edge­able, and gen­tly on the side of women and their lot.

The book that changed my life

The Rain­bow by DH Lawrence. I read it for A-level English and found it elec­tri­fy­ing. Lawrence has fallen out of favour; how­ever, his time will come again.

The book I wish I’d writ­ten

James Sal­ter’s Light Years. A story about a mar­riage be­tween two peo­ple who imag­ine them­selves to be a lit­tle more spe­cial than they prob­a­bly are. In­no­va­tive, sen­sual. Also, that rare thing: a wise book.

The most un­der­rated book

I still feel Pene­lope Fitzger­ald is a hugely un­der­prized writer. I don’t know why. I think she was of that gen­er­a­tion who thought “pub­lic­ity” was sus­pect – poor form.

A book that made me cry

Beryl Bain­bridge’s The Birth­day Boys, a novel about Cap­tain Scott’s ex­pe­di­tion to the south pole.

A book that made me laugh

A cou­ple of years ago I read PG Wode­house’s Jeeves and Wooster sto­ries to my daugh­ter. Some were clearly done in a hurry, but the good ones had us in fits.

The book I give as a gift

Pene­lope Fitzger­ald’s The Be­gin­ning of Spring. And Tar­jei Ve­saas’s The Ice Palace. Ve­saas, a Nor­we­gian writer who died in 1970, was my big dis­cov­ery of last year.

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