Friday 15 December 2017

Clegg has novel idea for future

Nick Clegg says he would love to write a novel
Nick Clegg says he would love to write a novel

Nick Clegg reads at least a few pages of a novel every night and would "love" to write one himself, he has disclosed.

The Deputy Prime Minister started writing a novel in his early 20s but it had been "shockingly bad", he said.

In an interview with Easy Living magazine, he said he would still like to write one in the "simple, sparse" style of the double Booker Prize winning JM Coetzee.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he reads "religiously, every night before I go to sleep".

He added: "I cannot think of a time when I have finished the day without reading just a few pages of a novel.

"There's no more wonderful escape at the end of any day - whether it's a good or bad day - than to lose yourself in a great big novel."

Mr Clegg said his first attempt at his own novel was inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Autumn Of The Patriarch and was written from the perspective of "a man at the end of his life - which is quite an odd thing to do in your early 20s".

"I wrote about 120 pages; it was shockingly bad and will never see the light of day. But I would still love to write a novel," he said

"I find writing very therapeutic. I would love to emulate the style of one of my favourite writers, JM Coetzee, although I don't think I ever could."

He listed seven favourite books ranging from literary fiction including Autumn Of The Patriarch and Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment to children's books like The Tiger Who Came To Tea, by Judith Kerr.

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