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»So many people say to me, why don’t you write books faster? And I’ve tried to, just to see if I could. But working that way doesn’t come naturally to me. I would be miserable cranking out a book every three or four years. And if I’m not having fun writing it, people aren’t going to have fun reading it. I don’t want it to be just some little amusement-park ride. I mean, what’s the point of doing that?«

Donna Tartt

An enigma: Mick Brown in conversation with writer Donna Tartt about her latest novel The Goldfinch. Read the portrait at The Telegraph.

»Guinn, who has written books about Bonnie and Clyde and the Gunfight at the OK Corral, writes in a brisk, dispassionate, ›just the facts, ma’am‹ style that makes his account all the more compelling. He studiously avoids any mythologising of the ›Manson as the embodiment of evil‹ variety.«

Mick Brown

During the Summer of Love, Charles Manson and his followers were high on drugs and listening to the Beatles. They were also planning a killing spree, says Mick Brown. His review of the biography Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn you can read at The Telegraph.