Q&A: Alison Gangel - author of The Sun Hasn’t Fallen from the Sky

The book forms a memoir detailing the hard knock life of growing up in care in 1970s Glasgow

Q&A: Alison Gangel - author of The Sun Hasn’t Fallen from the Sky

Can you give us five words to describe The Sun Hasn’t Fallen from the Sky?
Funny, restrained, powerful, optimistic, unsentimental. Or ‘gleaming gem of a memoir’.

Which author should be more famous than they are now?
Bernard MacLaverty. Beautiful writing that can stop you in your tracks.

What was the first book you read?
Can’t really remember but it was bound to be something by Enid Blyton.

What was the last book you read?

One Day by David Nicholls. I was impressed with the skilful treatment of the structure and the authenticity of the relationships.

Which book makes you cry?
Don’t cry easily, especially if I feel I’m being manipulated by the writer. I found Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones very moving and some of the scenes stayed with me for a long time afterwards.

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
George Eliot for Silas Marner, one of my all-time favourite books.

What plans do you have for book number two?

Already made a dent in it; just trying to sort out getting a bit of time away from full-time teaching work to have enough ‘headspace’ to do it justice.

The Sun Hasn’t Fallen from the Sky is out now published by Bloomsbury. Gangel appears at Aye Write, Sat 5 Mar.

Alison Gangel and Anne Donovan

Alison Gangel's book The Sun Hasn't Fallen From The Sky is a moving portrait of two sisters growing up in Glasgow in the early 70s; for one of them, nothing will be the same after an inspiring teacher discovers that she has musical talent. Alison will be in conversation with Glasgow writer Anne Donovan. Part of Aye Write!

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