For the latest podcast Ali spoke to the writer Tom Gillespie about The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce, which is published today (21st July, 2020). It’s one of the most inventive and involving novels SWH! has read in some time, and it was fascinating to hear what inspired Tom to write this book, and the themes and ideas it addresses (all the while carefully avoiding spoilers!).
The two discuss the importance of having a firm hold on people and place, the writers, and artists, who inspired Tom, the educative nature of the best fiction, the different levels of deception in writing such a novel, and so much more.
The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce promises to be one of the most discussed and celebrated books of 2020 and beyond, and if you want to understand why then this podcast is a great place to begin. Here are a few reviews which may further whet your appetite.
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