»When I had no money, I used to grieve, just stand in a very Dickensian way outside bookshops. I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I’ve not read yet. I’m a hard reader. I’m bitterly disappointed by books. Sometimes I pick up a book and I’m like, please God, please let this be what it looks like it is.«
A highly elusive creature: Tim Adams with a portrait of writer Donna Tartt. Her third novel The Goldfinch will be published in the next days. Read the portrait at The Guardian / The Observer.