Last year I had the great honour of being asked to provide the text for a book by wonderful graphic artist Andy Tuohy. It was an A–Z of Great Modern Writers and it followed earlier volumes Andy had produced with other authors, on artists and film directors. Writing it was one of the most stimulating experiences I’ve had in a long time: I had to read or re-read books by authors ranging (alphabetically) from Maya Angelou to Stefan Zweig, and to encourage newcomers to take an interest in James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Herman Hesse and Toni Morrison. Fifty-two authors in total. It kept my brain buzzing for months.
Anyway, it’s just been published. Look out for it. It’s gorgeous. And, I hope, quite interesting.