Rupert Thomson is the author of eight novels, among them The Five Gates of Hell (1991), The Insult (1996) and Divided Kingdom (2005). His latest novel, Death of a Murderer, has been shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Novel Award.
Anna Metcalfe of the Financial Times asked him a few questions.
Two exchanges from the interview:
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What is the last thing you read that made you laugh out loud?
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, the greatest office novel ever.* * *
Which literary character most resembles you?
It’s arrogant, but the cat in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita.