Goodbye The View From Here From Julian Barnes

"Merci, The View From Here, et bonne nuit."

Julian Barnes



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Goodbye The View From Here From Marina Lewycka

We close down TODAY - everything must go!

"The View from Here is sharp and clear
We're sad to see you disappear. 
Farewell good View, Your friends are true
And wish the very best for you."

Marina Lewycka 


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Goodbye The View From Here From Annette Green

"I will really miss TVFH for its incisive articles on the Trade and for publishing excellent new, mostly, undiscovered writers. A valuable forum which will be much missed."

Annette Green  Annette Green Authors' Agency 


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Goodbye The View From Here From Scott Pack

"Farewell to a splendid magazine: a curator of fine writing, a supporter of authors at the centre and at the fringe, a collection of words to restore your faith in literature. You shall be missed."  

Scott Pack : The Friday Project


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Goodbye The View From Here From Stephen Kelman

"Very sorry to hear that The View From Here journey is coming to an end – I hope it proves to be a momentary rest along the road."

Stephen Kelman


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Goodbye The View From Here From Alessandro Gallenzi

"Since its appearance in 2007, The View from Here has established itself as one of the most vibrant and interesting literary magazine available to readers, writers and publishers in the UK and abroad, showcasing and championing good writing, innovative style and challenging literature. It will be a great loss when it closes down in November, but I am sure that its legacy will live on for a long time among our literary communities."

Alessandro Gallenzi, founder of Alma Books.


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Goodbye The View From Here From Roger Morris

"The View from Here will always have a special place in my heart because of the generous support they gave me as a writer starting out, and their intelligent, questioning, critically astute interest in my work. Congratulations to everyone involved for being part of something extraordinary and best wishes for whatever you turn your talents to next."

Roger Morris 


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Goodbye The View From Here From Nicholas Royle

"Over recent years, when gifted short story writers have asked me where they should send their work, one venue that I have felt confident about recommending, consistently, has been The View From Here. The literary culture loses something of high value with its closing."

Nicholas Royle


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Top 5 Interview Countdown : Number ONE : Iain M. Banks

Back in 2010 we interviewed the late Iain M. Banks backstage before a show - what follows is our favourite interview with an author we found friendly, engaging and a joy to spend 20 minutes with.  He is sadly missed.

For the full interview click here.

"Most people have a sort off reservoir of disturbing images and most people don’t want to think about them and so they only come out at night when their guard is down where as I’m quite happily thinking about them."

Top 5 Interview Countdown : Number TWO: Markus Zusak

 At number 2 in our favourite interviews is the author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.  Anyone who starts of their interview with ...

"I go surfing early in the morning, before starting work."

Is either someone you are going to hate or love.  We loved him ...

For the full interview click here.

Masochistic Reverse Narcissists by Sarah Nash

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(Former TVFH Managing Editor for Fiction)



"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing about." - Benjamin Franklin

The task of wrestling with words has been a passionate, frustrating and occasionally rewarding mission most of my life. I didn't decide or make a conscious choice to become a word wizard, it is an inherent talent I take for granted. The shelves in my personal office are permanently bowed with the weight of four decades of my words collected in notebooks; each one threatening to become the next "great novel" of the century.

Fiction Editor's 3 Favourites - What is Reflected by Susan Rukeyser



The third of my three favourite stories from my time as Fiction Editor at The View From Here is 'What is Reflected' from Susan Rukeyser. There's no order to my three choices - I like them all as much as each other. I chose them because I could still remember, with each one, how I felt after reading the story for the first time.  

I chose this one... just because. Just because I was gripped from beginning to end.


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To read more click here

Top 5 Interview Countdown : Number THREE : Julian Barnes

We'd loved to have interviewed Julian in his perfect setting, which would have been in a "small bistrot, drink in hand," but the reality is we did it via email.

However go read it picturing yourself listening to him somewhere like the French or Italian countryside and you'll get yourself in the right mood...


For the full interview click here.

"Faulkner said a writer's obituary should consists of the line: 'He wrote books, then he died.' Not a bad anonymity to aim at, but nowadays impossible."

The View From Here Final Interview: Joanne Harris

Reader Logo The View From Here Interview: Joanne Harris
by Jen




Joanne Harris (MBE) was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. 

She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Since then, she has written 14 more novels, two collections of short stories and three cookbooks. 

Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science.

Joanne HarrisHer hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as: “mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion of the system”, although she also enjoys obfuscation, sleaze, rebellion, witchcraft, armed robbery, tea and biscuits. She is not above bribery and would not necessarily refuse an offer involving exotic travel or pink champagne. She works from a shed in her garden, plays bass in the band she first joined when she was 16.
She lives with her husband and daughter in a little wood in Yorkshire

Her most recent published work is a novella for Dr Who.


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Your work is so diverse. How did you find yourself writing something for the third Doctor?

Let’s Hear It For The Emerging Writer

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The taxonomy of writers is a thorny issue. Leaving aside the genera, which are in themselves gloriously debatable (what exactly is literary fiction anyway?), many different species of writer appear to have been discovered, even if their characteristics are not as yet fully defined.

How do we distinguish, for example, between an aspiring writer, a new writer, and an established writer? How does that compare to being a published author, a best-selling author, or a distinguished novelist? Neither I, nor Google it seems, have a clear answer. Some like to play it safe and stay up at family level, opting for the simple ‘Writer’, but don’t worry if you can’t decide, there is absolutely no obligation to be consistent. Ask me to write an author bio and I’ll tell you one thing. Meet me at a party and ask me what I do and I’ll tell you another.

Fiction Editor's 3 Favourites - Lane End by Van Demal


Heron

 The second of my three favourite stories from my time as Fiction Editor at The View From Here is 'Lane End' from Van Demal. There's no order to my three choices - I like them all as much as each other. I chose them because I could still remember, with each one, how I felt after reading the story for the first time.  

Even down to the title, 'Lane End' perfectly reflects a couple's futile attempt to rebuild a relationship that no longer works. The focus on what is outside, the neglected house. As I sit here thinking about it I keep discovering new layers. 'Lane End' is a sad story; a very honest story.

To read more click here.

Top 5 Interview Countdown : Number FOUR: Marina Llewycka

At number four in our countdown is Marina Llewycka.

Okay hands up: we had to start this interview with asking Marina how to pronounce her surname!

For the full interview click here.


"I work on a lap-top on a little bean-bag tray I bought in Oxfam – the sort of thing they used to have for TV dinners."

Fiction Editor's 3 Favourites - Outside the Atmosphere by Shirley Golden


Cornfield before Thunderstorm

 The first of my three favourite stories from my time as Fiction Editor at The View From Here is 'Outside the Atmosphere' from Shirley Golden. There's no order to my three choices - I like them all as much as each other. I chose them because I could still remember, with each one, how I felt after reading the story for the first time. 

'Outside the Atmosphere' made me feel great warmth towards its characters. It is a story with a light touch told from inside; no distance, no judging. It could have been told so differently, but it isn't. It's told from exactly the right place. That's what makes it so special for me. 

To read more 'Outside the Atmosphere' click here

Top 5 Interview Countdown : Number FIVE: Stephen Kelman


This month leading up to the closing of doors to the magazine in November we are doing a count down of our all time favourite interviews here at The View From Here.

We kick off with Number 5: Stephen Kelman.


To read the interview click here.

"When I heard I was long-listed for the Booker I was at home erecting a flat-pack wardrobe."


Over the years we have done over 100 interviews! Click the button below to browse through a menu of all of them...
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This is the End: Covers of The View From Here



For three years The View From Here ran as a monthly printed magazine until June 2011 when we went on-line only.

Here, as we enter our last month before we close our doors for good, is a collection of all our covers.

From issue 10 Fossfor redesigned the cover.

From issue 13 Diego Cupolo joined the team and his photography from around the world formed each month's cover.

All our back issues are still available as digital or print editions at: http://www.magcloud.com/user/theviewfromhere