Arts Interview: Straight talker

The philosophical ramifications of the book that made his name around the world still occupy American author John Green, writes Nadine O'Regan.

24th February, 2013
John Green: 'I worried the response to the book would be mostly positive, except for kids with chronic illness who would think I was full of it.' Photo: Tony O'Shea

John Green was devastated. His writing career was over before it had even begun.

The challenge had initially appeared easy. Green had applied for the advanced fiction course being offered at his university, Kenyon College in Ohio. There were 12 places on the programme - and just 15 other students had applied. But Green was one of the three who didn't make it.

Seeing his distress, his creative writing tutor took him out to dinner (they do...

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