The novelist David Keenan

Friday 20th December 2019

The first book you ever loved

The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall

The book you've read more than any other

Leviathan by Paul Auster

A book that you despise

Money by Martin Amis

A book full of beautiful writing

The Dream of the Poem edited by Peter Cole

The book you've been meaning to read for years, but haven't

Remembrance of Things Past by Proust

The book you're reading currently

Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes

Your favourite short-story

The Cubs by Mario Vargas Llosa

Your all-time favourite novel

Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry


The book you wish you’d written

De Heptarchia Mystica by John Dee

The book that gets you through hard times

In The Sierra: Mountain Writings by Kenneth Rexroth

The book that most disappointed you

I Fought The Law: The Life And Strange Death of Bobby Fuller by Miriam Linna and Randell Fuller

Name a book with either a brilliant opening or a brilliant ending

Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars (opening)

Your favourite character from a novel

Luscious Skin from The Savage Detectives

Next on your 'to read' pile is...

Literature and Evil by George Bataille

Your favourite poem

Peter Quince At The Clavier by Wallace Stevens

The greatest book you've ever read

Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars ●

David Keenan is a writer based in Glasgow, Scotland, and the author of two prize-winning novels, This is Memorial Device (Faber & Faber) and For the Good Times (Faber & Faber), the latter of which won the Gordon Burn Prize 2019. His third novel, Xstabeth, will be published in Autumn of 2020.

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