A Note from the Editor
I often say that if people had the insight into books and authors that I have, then our books would fly off the shelves. A lot of this insider knowledge comes in the hours of conversation held with authors in examining and preparing their books. I figured that one way of sharing this privileged insight would be to record a conversation and post it as a podcast. The first one I recorded was with Michael Nath in July 2010. It’s remained in the vault ever since, but working on his new novel British Story inspired me to dig it out and clip it together. So here it is.
It was recorded at our dining table at Route Towers on a typical night with Michael. There was fags and booze aplenty. After the Holsten we cracked a bottle of champagne and then drank calvados through the night. We finished at 7am. Mercifully, we’d stopped recording by then.
Over a few cans of Holsten Pils, Michael gives great insight into the workings of his novel La Rochelle and the plight of the main protagonist, Mark. The conversation meanders through topics that include Shakespeare, Racine, Goethe, T S Elliot, St Augustine, Freud, Milton, Nietzsche, The Fall, Wyndham Lewis, Webster, Céline, Henry Miller, Bukowski, James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, the Russian novelists as well as sex, personal redemption, problems with psychotherapy, contemporary tastes in literature and other subjects. There’s music too. Plus drinking and smoking. The running time is 41:33.
by Michael Nath
Published by Route
‘In defiance of current literary trends.’ – The Spectator
‘Original, funny and absolutely spot-on.’ – The Independent
‘Nath has a confidence and attitude that rocks you on every page.’ – Daisy Goodwin
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.