Episode 76 - Rosa Rankin-Gee: Part 2


Part two of Rosa Rankin-Gee's chat with This Writing Life begins with a discussion of the coming-of-age-story (in her case, debut novel The Last Kings of Sark). From there it was a sprightly leap across echoes of Dickens and metaphorical islands to:

  • stages in and of life
  • 'I am fascinated with the idea of bluffing and posturing...'
  • when does a doctor - or a novelist - become a doctor - or a novelist?
  • how does Rosa write (in Paris)? 
  • writing for money (the day job in copy-writing) v writing for art (the other day job)
  • $ million idea: canned applause and booing for writers at work
  • living in France, speaking in French and jokes about Joseph Conrad
  • vegetarian restaurants, Hemingway, racist street signs and Parisian chit chat
  • sadness, marriage, Scott Fitzgerald's balls: A Moveable Feast chit chat
  • Bonjour Tristesse: writing about the past
  • Rosa-tinted spectacles, Rosa on the Rise and other Rosa-related puns
  • obsession with the passing of time

Part three of four to follow.

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