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Guardian Interview, Sarah Crown

Guardian Interview, Sarah Crown

Halfway through our interview, Helen Simpson begins to worry about the time. We’d frittered the first few minutes on general civilities, and squandered several more fiddling with books and bags and glasses of water. Now the clock is ticking, and we’re paying for our profligacy. “We’ve only got an hour,” she frowns. “How far in are we?” …

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Hay Festival 2012: Helen Simpson – ‘Blimey, you aren’t half sensitive’

Hay Festival 2012: Helen Simpson – ‘Blimey, you aren’t half sensitive’

When compiling a collection of 25 years’ worth of her short stories, Helen Simpson lighted on the ideal interviewer: Helen Simpson. A little aggressive, a touch defensive and very eloquent, the alter egos go head to head. What was it like to read through 25 years’ worth of stories in one go? My first reaction, …

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Helen Simpson on ‘In-Flight Entertainment’, The Paris Review

Helen Simpson on ‘In-Flight Entertainment’, The Paris Review

By Jonathan Gharraie I met Helen Simpson for a genial pub lunch near Dartmouth Park in North London on the day she received the American edition of In-Flight Entertainment: Stories. She was evidently quite pleased by the book’s spare but elegant design, which looks through an airplane window onto a locket of cerulean sky. I’m tempted …

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Guardian Interview, Lisa Allardice

Guardian Interview, Lisa Allardice

Helen Simpson’s new year’s resolution is to read one short story before she gets out of bed every morning. “I like the idea of something complete, one short story with a cup of tea – you’d have stolen a march on the day. If people can meditate or do yoga or whatever, I don’t see …

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