October 23, 2020
The bestselling crime writer on the influence of Ian Fleming, learning from Saul Bellow and crying over Annie Proulx
The book I am currently reading
Front Row at the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl. My country is sailing through very rough seas at the moment. This book, by a senior ABC political correspondent who has reported on Trump for years, is an exhaustively researched, objectively reported and balanced account of what’s going on at the top and what the consequences are on the ground. It’s everything that journalism should be. It is not, as some claim, fake news.
The book that changed my life
When I read From Russia, With Love by Ian Fleming at a young age, I decided that I wanted to be a writer of popular suspense fiction. I thought, in youthful hubris: I can do that – maybe not right away and maybe not as well, but the book gave me two things: inspiration to write and a template for telling a story that moved as fast as the Orient Express, in a straightforward, wry and punchy style. I try to keep that in mind every time I sit down at the keyboard.