The Man Booker longlisted author on Nora Ephron, Maggie Nelson and why Naked Lunch is overrated
The book I am currently reading
Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan is one of the strongest short story collections I’ve read in ages – sharp, strange and crystalline. I’m alternating it with The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, to remind me of what the best speculative fiction can do.
The book that changed my life
Bluets by Maggie Nelson, a series of vignettes loosely based around the colour blue. I like work that plays with genre. Is Bluets poetry, memoir, essay? Who knows – it’s just brilliant.