Harlan Coben: ‘I cry a lot when I write – I need to cry more when I’m reading’


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The thriller author on the book that explains why writers are ‘plain nuts’, and the William Goldman novel that started him on his career path

The book I am currently reading
Two at the moment: The Wych Elm by the great Irish crime writer Tana French: lyrical, suspenseful, unpredictable. And every year or so, I also reread my favourite writing manual, Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott, a series of hilarious and helpful essays. It gives the reader great insight on why we writers are a tad insecure and just plain nuts. I use it like a coach’s halftime speech to get me fired up to write.

The book that changed my life
Marathon Man by William Goldman, who died recently. My father gave it to me when I was maybe 15 or 16. It was the first time I read an adult thriller where I said to myself: ...