Lawton's latest novel is Then We Take Berlin.
Not so long ago I asked the author about what he was reading. Lawton's reply:
Hardly ever do I read a single book by an author. The fit (if such it be) runs to three or four novels before I start looking up from the page.Visit John Lawton's website and blog.
Two writers preoccupied me in this fashion this summer:
Jim Harrison - I read all his Brown Dog novellas. A remarkable twenty-year achievement. . . a character as unforgettable as Huck Finn, for much the same reasons. If Twain had ever bothered to give us Huck as a grown-up he would have been lot like Brown Dog.
Paul Auster - I hate reflexive modernism, books about writing books? Yeah, right. But. . . he got to me. How can I go on spending quite so much time in New York and not read Auster? So I did. A stunning, enviable prose style and a sense of the tissue-thin nature of reality that keeps me hooked. Favourite so far, Moon Palace.
The Page 69 Test: Then We Take Berlin.