Incorporating a comprehensive range of Scottish author interviews, all of them possessing a different slant on the business of professional writing, Wanner has compiled a must-read anthology of the witty, the wise, the weird and the wonderful. I, for one, have always felt that there were too few honest appraisals and insights into the imagined esotericism of being a professional novelist, and here - just as in The Paris Literary Review interviews, and Williams' Into the Badlands - we are given a good long look through an all-too-frequently obscured window. With direct questions, with conversational extrapolations, Wanner has encouraged his interviewees to illuminate, edify, entertain and amuse us, and yet has also persuaded them to give us something of real worth. Not only for the aspirant, but also for the weatherworn professional, there is a refreshing vitality and energy present in the text, as if we were right there listening, as if this was for our ears only. Highly recommended, not only as a fascinating peek behind the Oz curtain, but also as a journal of achievement from some of our brightest and best.
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