Amanda Craig was born in South Africa in 1959, and brought up in Italy and Britain. After reading English at Clare College Cambridge, she became an award-winning young journalist in the 1980s. She is the author of Foreign Bodies, A Private Place, A Vicious Circle, In a Dark Wood, Love In Idleness and Hearts and Mind. Although each novel can be read separately, they are linked to each other by common characters and themes, thus constituting a novel sequence. Usually, Craig takes a minor character and makes him or her the protagonist of her next work.
Hearts and Mind was long listed for the Orange Prize for fiction in 2010. She is a reviewer and broadcaster, and was the children's book critic for the Times (UK). She is married with two children and lives in London.
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Amanda Craig discusses In A Dark Wood and describes the challenges of writing from a man's point of view
Gender bending is all the rage
this year. With Nick Hornby, Sebastian Faulks and even the poet and scholar
John Fuller choosing to write from the female viewpoint, the modern novel
has entered the sex-war as never before. Cynics may wonder whether this
isn't due to the simple fact that women buy far more fiction than men:
according to literary agent Giles Gordon, publishers aren't interested in
books about men any longer because these sell so badly. Yet at some point,
any serious novelist is going to try to write from the perspective of the
opposite sex, because the joy of writing fiction, as of reading it, is about
getting outside your own head and into someone else's. Stepping beyond your
own gender takes that process further. It's an irresistible challenge, but
as I discovered last year, a very real one.
It shouldn't be so difficult. Many people, writers or not, cherish the illusion that they know the opposite sex better than their own simply because of having been to bed with individual members of it. In the ...
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