Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He has written eleven novels including Europa, which was shortlisted for the Booker, Destiny, Rapids and, most recently, Cleaver. Tongues of Flame won the Somerset Maugham and Betty Trask prizes in 1985. Loving Roger won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize in 1986.
We talk here about literary prizes being ridiculous; very poor Nobel Prize winning authors and the stupidity of Swedish academics reading in translation; predictably politically correct Booker shortlists; J.M Coetzee’s Disgrace as the best novel written in the last 20 years; the dangers of criticizing famous authors, the conflicting nature of stories and cultures, and Islam.
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