Alison Moore's first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards, winning the McKitterick Prize. Both The Lighthouse and her second novel, He Wants, were Observer Books of the Year.
Her most recent novel is Death and the Seaside. Her short fiction has been included in Best British Short Stories and Best British Horror anthologies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories, whose title story won a novella prize. Her first book for children, Sunny and the Ghosts, will be published in 2018.
I could explain my lifelong love of reading in terms of the pleasure of experiencing or immersing oneself in other lives, how therapeutic the right story at the right time can be, how I am fascinated by the technical side of things, by story structure and so on. All these reasons are true, but a simpler answer is that it feels as natural and vital as eating or exercising.
In a sense I think I must have been influenced in one way or another by everything I’ve ever read, but a specific influence is Shirley Jackson. Recently, I’ve been hoovering up Joyce Carol Oates’s Collected Stories and enjoying novels by Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests, The Little Stranger), Ira Levin (Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives) and Anita Brookner (Hotel du Lac, Lewis Percy).
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