Q&A with author Miranda July

‘Who would I choose to play me in a film about my life? Emma Watson’

Jenny Offill

Q&A with author Jenny Offill

‘How would I make a living if I weren’t a writer? Teaching sign language to gorillas’

Frances Leviston
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Q&A with poet Frances Leviston

‘What is the last thing I read that made me laugh out loud? A student essay. It wasn’t meant to be funny’

Q&A with novelist Jeffrey Archer

‘How do I relax? Watching a cricket match at Lord’s — preferably England vs Australia’

Q&A with author Laird Hunt

Which literary character most resembles me? In my youth it was Conan the Barbarian or John Carter of Mars

Chris Killen

Q&A with author Chris Killen

‘What is the strangest thing I’ve done when researching a book? Bought Viagra’

Q&A with author Emily Woof

‘Who would I most like to sit next to a dinner party with? I’d bring my dad back. There’s so much I’d like to talk to him about’

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Q&A with author Jenny Erpenbeck

‘What is the strangest thing I’ve done when researching a book? Pretending, aged 27, to be 17 and at school, for three weeks. It worked’

Grace McCleen
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Q&A with author Grace McCleen

What would I change about yourself? The balance of chemicals in my brain

Q&A with poet and novelist Kei Miller

What am I scared of? Myself mostly. The stupid things I say at times — the people I hurt. I hate that

Q&A with author Mary Costello

‘Who would I like to be stuck in a lift with? Carl Jung or Lou Andreas-Salomé. Or both’

Q&A with author Jane Smiley

Who would I most like to sit next to at a dinner party? Dead: Harriet Beecher Stowe. Alive: Russell Brand

Q&A with author James Robertson

What is my daily writing routine? Do everything and anything else first. I aim for 1,000 words

Q&A with author Mirza Waheed

‘What does it mean to be a writer? A bad back, sleep deprivation, loneliness, moods, lack of money’

Q&A with author Monique Roffey

‘Which literary character most resembles me? The monster in “Frankenstein” ’

Q&A with author Daniel Kehlmann

‘What would I change about myself? I would like to become one of these writers who don’t give interviews’

Q&A with author Elena Ferrante

‘What book changed my life? Books don’t change your life. If they are good, they can hurt and bring confusion’

Q&A with author Karl Ove Knausgaard

‘Where do I write best? I used to go to lighthouses in the sea, and uninhabited islands. But then I had children and I realised I had to do it at home’

Q&A with author Alison Moore

‘When do I feel most free? Swimming in the sea is hard to beat’

Q&A with author Jess Walter

‘When did I know I was going to be a writer? I suspected it when I was eight or nine but held out hope for being a professional athlete until I was 16 or so’

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