archive for "February, 2012"
let the commas breathe 29th, February 2012
I spent much of Tuesday holed up in a bunker studio in Clerkenwell, watching the enjoyable – but undeniably surreal – process of Jubilee becoming an audio book. Before W & N chose the actor to read it, they’d asked me: ‘What does Jubilee sound like? Whose voice is it narrated in?’ The real answer to that was, of course: mine. It had lived in my head for a very, very long time and I’d always assumed that it sounded exactly like me – my [...]
ain’t gonna work for you no more 12th, February 2012
There’s been a fair amount of guff talked over the past week about the monarchy and its relationship with Britain. It comes, of course, as the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee and – to someone well-versed in the rhetoric of the 1977 Silver Jubilee – it sometimes seems that little has changed in the last thirty-five years. I am not a monarchist. I long to be a citizen, rather than a subject. I long to be able, in this democracy, to vote for my head [...]