20th October 2016
Circling the Sun by Paul McLain, novel set in Kenya. This novel is one of the choices for the...
TF: This novel comes together beautifully, it has a very unusual construct and feels almost like a vintage story book (including a traditional ribbon book mark), snapshots of the familiar, yet original in execution. Stories within stories. Did you set out to achieve this feel for the book?
VH: Thank you! It developed organically but very quickly, this book. As if it had a life of its own. It has many layers – the postcards, the diary, the stories, the photographs. Everything, all my notes, the schedules for the travel which was needed for the research, even payments for petrol etc. were recorded in a blue notebook – and I have even shown the reader this notebook in the book itself. The blue notebook had a ribbon, so “Cartes Postales from Greece” has a ribbon too.
To read the full interview with Victoria, and our review of Cartes Postales, just click on the link below.
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