Author Advent 11: Mari Strachan

"Wolf Hall is the most extraordinary book I have read in a long time. Like many readers, I don’t always feel that the Man Booker judges get it right - but this year I couldn't see how they could choose any other book. As a reader, I couldn't put Wolf Hall down because it involved me so much. As a writer, I admired Hilary Mantel’s craft: her use of techniques like the historic present tense and the close third person point of view - so close that she uses ‘he’ where the first person would use ‘I’; her use of imagery that is entirely appropriate to the time and place and people; the use of dialogue to convey character; the contrast of humour and horror. I found Wolf Hall a magnificent and seductive read, and an exemplary lesson in writing."

Mari Strachan
The Earth Hums in B Flat

Each day until December 24th an author featured at TVFH over the last few years tells us of their favourite read of 2009 in our Author Advent. You'll have to provide your own chocolates and there's no little door to open, but you could try placing your hand over your eyes and then removing it again. Authors include the likes of Julian Barnes, Iain Banks, Paul Torday, Patrick Gale and Marina Lewycka. And for those of you who like lists, we'll list them all on December 29th.

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