Janice Galloway

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  • 24 August 2011

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Janice Galloway

The All Made Up author takes on our Q&A

Give us five words to describe All Made Up?

True. Funny. Sad. Teen-to-adult. Novel.

Which author should be more famous than they are now?

VS Naipaul. Because he’s irritating, self-regarding and self-involved enough that massive fame would be in with a shout of soothing his elephantine ego long enough to avoid any more daft pronouncements about what writing is and is not for maybe a week and a half. The kind of writer that gets literary writers a Bad Name. Booooo.

What do you love about book festivals?

Audiences turning up. The goodwill. The sociability. Writing is a solitary business without them.

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?

I can imagine wishing three dead people alive for the sheer pleasure of hearing their voices again and getting to touch them, but none of them are writers. The voices of writers stay alive after death as it is. That’s enough for me. I don’t want to be greedy.

What was the last book you read?

David Sacks’ The Alphabet, the story of the most startling human technological breakthrough.

26 Aug, 11.30am, £10 (£8); Alasdair Gray’s Fleck, 29 Aug, 8pm, £15 (£12).


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Canongate Pop Up Shop

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