5 Questions - Laura Marney

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  • 7 August 2008

This article is from 2008.

Laura Marney

Laura Marney’s new novel is My Best Friend Has Issues, about an innocent Scottish lass heading to Spain. Here she takes on our wide-eyed Q&A

Give us five words to describe your books?
Fun, sexy, dark, page turning.

Which authors should be more famous than they are now?
James Robertson, Scarlett Thomas, Stef Penney.

What do you love about Edinburgh in August?
Drinking whisky and rubbing shoulders and other body parts with famous writers in the Book Festival yurt.

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
Somerset Maugham. He has such a timeless wisdom and humanity. If he was still alive I’d marry him, although he’d be 134 so our sex life might be a bit dull.

What would you change about the publishing world?
I would ban novels with screeds of tedious geeky detail. I want a story. If I want a lesson on the history of milk bottles or the toilet habits of dung beetles I’ll buy a text book. And if I have to read another misery memoir I’ll drill my own eyes out with a nasal hair trimmer.

10 Aug (with Pauline McLynn), 8.30pm, £9 (£7).

Laura Marney and Pauline McLynn

The Scottish best-selling author of 'Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby' talks about her newest book, 'My Best Friend Has Issues'. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival'.

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