Friday, 22 February 2008
Non-fic winning over novels with me
I've been having trouble lately with novels. I always have a few short fiction collections on the go - endless riches - but the last three novels I have tried to read, I have not been able to finish.
Apart from short fiction collections, the books I have truly enjoyed in the last year have been non-fiction titles. And the one I enjoyed the absolute most was Angela Bourke's biography of the Irish writer Maeve Brennan.
I had read Maeve's short fiction and wasn't completely blown away by it, but I loved her collected pieces from the New Yorker, The Long Winded Lady. I even got a scene for a story from one image she painted in that book. She really could write.
And she lived. Not always an easy life but a fascinating one; she had a sparkling intelligence and Angela Bourke does her wonderful justice in this bio.
But don't just believe me - go and read it yourself.