I am excited to be meeting Marg on Saturday at 2pm as we are talking about our respective novels along with Jane Austin and News from Nowhere at York Explore as part of York Literary Festival. Instead of asking her for an extract I asked her a few questions about her new book which you will find on the Featured Writer page as I thought this would be very illuminating. Which it is!
One of the things I really like about A Time for Peace is the dialogue, apart from the fact it is a rattling good story. Marg has caught people’s voices perfectly. Every speaker speaks and thinks differently from any other and this is a kind of magic in a novel that I admire hugely. I also admired the way all the characters’ lives have become enfolded by war and that somehow they have to try and make the best of it. All their motivations, fears and ordinary human weaknesses are revealed and this turns each one into a courageous and larger-than-life character. In the end both main characters, Ellen, the young British nurse and Stefan, the cynical Serbian colonel must face what they fear the most in order to survive during the retreat in one of the worst ever winters. I don’t know how Marg manages to make us feel that we really are in Serbia when so few of us know anything about the war in Serbia and what happened to that country during those years.
Marg is also a poet and was Warwick Poet Laureate in 2009-10. You can find her poems here
Looking forward to the next book, Marg!