Christian Halsted interviewed the award-winning author Neil Gaiman for the Financial Times.
Part of their Q & A:
What book changed your life?Read the complete interview.
Reading the Narnia books, aged about seven, was the first time that I was aware that a book was written by an author. Realising that a real person was standing there telling you stuff was the point when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
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Who are your literary influences?
I believe anybody you read before the age of 16 will end up being your literary influences, good or bad. I loved Edwardian novelists; Kipling was a huge influence. Lou Reed and David Bowie were huge influences too, but I never realised until I’d grown up.
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What book do you wish you’d written?
I’m extremely envious of Gene Wolfe’s four-volume The Book of the New Sun.