‘I used to be quite fetishistic’: Sebastian Faulks on the writing process

The British novelist, known for his historical novels set in France, talks distilling ideas and stepping into the world of Bond

12th September, 2021
‘I used to be quite fetishistic’: Sebastian Faulks on the writing process
Sebastian Faulks: ‘Part of being a writer is you’re a hermit for three years, writing in your cave, and then you have to stand up like a variety performer. It’s completely absurd. It’s all a nonsense, but you have to do it’

When I left university I straight away wrote a novel, which was really terrible. I had wanted to be a writer since I was about 14 or 15, but it was really surprisingly bad. And then I thought, well I better get a job because this isn’t going to pay the rent. So I got a job working as a teacher and then I would write in my spare time in the evenings, weekends and...

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