Interview: Lucy Wood, author of Diving Belles

Lucy Wood, author of Diving Belles - interview

The writer's debut publication is a set of short stories about hopes, regrets and memories

Give us five words to describe Diving Belles?
Short stories reimagining Cornish folklore.

Name one author who should be more famous than they are now?
I think everyone should read George Mackay Brown’s fiction and poetry, for his evocation of place.

What was the first book you read?
I remember Peepo! by Janet and Allan Ahlberg vividly.

What was the last book you read?
I’ve been re-reading The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. It’s one of my favourites.

Which book makes you cry?
There’s a bit in The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers that makes me cry, but I don’t want to give it away for people who haven’t read it!

Which book makes you laugh?
Lorrie Moore’s Self-Help. She creates a wonderful mixture of sadness and absurdity.

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
I wish Virginia Woolf had lived longer, so that she might have been able to write more books.

What one thing would you change about the publishing world?
I don’t really have enough experience of the publishing world to be able to suggest any changes. Ask me again in ten years!

What plans do you have for book number two?
I’m working on a novel set by a river, told through three different voices.

Diving Belles is published by Bloomsbury on Thu 19 Jan.

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