Here is Guy Somerset, left, reading his launch speech for my second little novel in New Zealand: such “scrotum-tightening insights into the hollowness of male desire,” Guy said — ever heard a better blurb? Not for one of my books you haven’t.
Guy once kindly picked, in his newspaper column on books, my American published and freighted to New Zealand (and therefore for sale for some exorbitant $33) first book Since You Ask as his discovery of the year! Discovery of the year! It was awesome. I have seldom been so happy.
Then, most kindly, he started assigning me book reviews for the magazine for which he was then Books and Culture editor: The Listener. Even when I was overwhelmed in my personal life (no, really, you ask?) Guy patiently let me rewrite, waiting for me to get a proper thread to pull my book reviews together. Then he’d send me another book to review. It’s called cutting someone some slack. And you know, I appreciate that. I really do.
Below is his interview with me about 52 Men for the New Zealand Arts Festival. Thanks Guy, for thinking of me, and asking the hard questions:
Fifty-two – that’s a lot of men. Were you surprised how many there were when you totted them up?
Read the interview here: Five Questions for Louise Wareham Leonard