Author Advent 7: Gary Murning

"Tough question... it's been a bit of a hit and miss kind of year for books with me. The older I get the less patient I become. However, one book that sticks in my mind is Sebastian Faulks' Engleby. I'd put off reading it for quite some time, principally because it sounded pretty bloody depressing, but eventually plucked up courage and was rewarded with a rich story of a classic loner -- the kind of character I enjoy writing myself. Yes, it's dark. Yes, it's a little predictable. But it's nevertheless a powerful piece of work and well worth a read."

Gary William Murning
If I Never

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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