Christopher Bollen on writing likeable characters who do bad things
The city of Venice is the key character in Christopher Bollen’s latest novel A Beautiful Crime. Christopher joins host Angela Ledgerwood to discuss the summer internship that brought him to Venice for the first time, exploring power dynamics in romantic & platonic relationships and how he writes likeable characters who do bad things.
Dolly Alderton on being comfortable being alone
An 18-month break from dating forced UK journalist Dolly Alderton to learn to become comfortable being alone. Dolly discusses her debut book, Everything I Know About Love, with host Angela Ledgerwood, the intensity of female friendships and why her Australian therapist compared her to Donald Trump.
Lauren Mechling on being out of Vogue
Losing her job at Vogue forced Lauren Mechling to create a new identity for herself outside of work. Lauren joins host Angela Ledgerwood to discuss her latest novel ‘How Could She’, the impact working in magazines had on her writing and why she has an Instagram dedicated to clogs.
Leslie Jamison on turning animals into characters
A lonely whale named 52 Blue is a key character in Leslie Jamison’s new essay collection Make It Scream, Make It Burn. Leslie speaks with host Angela Ledgerwood about the different things the whale represented to her readers, the three themes she structured her essay collection around and where she gets her inspiration from.
Jami Attenberg on dysfunctional families
Moving to New Orleans gave Jami Attenberg a new perspective on her characters. Her latest novel, All This Could Be Yours, follows one dysfunctional family in New Orleans who are coming to terms with their secrets. Jami joins host Angela Ledgerwood to discuss finding ideas in unexpected places, calling out the male gaze and how all readers see themselves in her different characters.