SPECCY SETS WRITER ON ROAD TO PAPERBACKS AND PLAUDITS
a heart-warming story about how a humble Sinclair
Spectrum helped launch a writer on the road to success.
Okay, so we admit this isn't exactly 'news'. We did in fact yank an article out of a copy of Big Issue In The North over a year ago but have only just got around to writing it up.
Queue lots of mumbled excuses about being busy at work and moving house.
The novel, which attracted enthusiastic reviews from several national newspapers, is the type of book that's hard to describe. Basically, it contains six very diverse narrative strands, set in different times and places, which cleverly leak and link into each other.
One review describes the book as "structured rather akin to a Chinese puzzle" but judging by the customer reviews on Amazon.co.uk, it is a pretty remarkable book and an enjoyable read.
So where's the connection to the Sinclair Spectrum then, I hear you asking with barely disguised impatience.
Well, in the interview
piece with The
Big Issue, he talks about his formative years. On the subject of the complicated
narratives he favours in his fictional work, Mitchell told the magazine: "It's
just part of my mental make-up. I remember when I was a kid, I'd get these
big sheets of cartridge paper and draw huge maps, like at the end of The
Return Of The King.
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