On Tuesday 16th July I’m interviewing Philipp Meyer on stage at Lutyens & Rubinstein bookshop, Kensington Park Rd, London, at 7pm.
Do come if you can – Meyer is rarely in the UK, we are lucky to have him, and it goes without saying what an important writer he is. I think there are very few novelists writing at his level in the English language at the moment, so this is probably the last chance to see Philipp in a small venue and have a few words with him while he signs your copy of his book.
The occasion is the UK publication week of Meyer’s second novel, THE SON, which I – and many others – have raved about elsewhere. This follows his superb debut, AMERICAN RUST. Meyer’s timeless writing draws comparisons with that of a wildly heterogeneous bunch of writers – Steinbeck, Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cormac McCarthy – whose only common attribute is their greatness.
I’m looking forward to the evening because in addition to his writerly gifts, Philipp is a compelling and unconventional character. Raised in Baltimore, he was a decent bike racer for a while, came to writing relatively late and wrestled with it as if the loser would certainly perish. He is as tough as the country he describes, he does not compromise in his work, and he combines these qualities with great amiability and good humour.
Come and see an honest writer at work.
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