Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stef Penney

Stef Penney was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her debut novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, was an international bestseller and received the prestigious Costa Award. Her new novel is The Invisible Ones.

From Penney's Q & A with Anna Metcalfe at the Financial Times:

What book changed your life?

There are many. Rites of Passage by William Golding; Troubles by J.G. Farrell; Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin; Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson; Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu.
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Who are your literary influences?

My favourite authors are J.G. Farrell, Graham Greene, Haruki Murakami, F. Scott Fitzgerald and E.M. Forster.
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What book do you wish you had written?

I think the most perfect book is The Great Gatsby but then if I’d written it I’d probably never pick up a pen again.
Read the complete Q & A.

--Marshal Zeringue