So I’ve been to Broadcast House twice today to do live interviews on BBC programs.

Tonight I did Night Waves; you can listen to the program here for the next seven days…endure through the few seconds of dead air, as there were some technical difficulties right at the beginning of the program (and I’m not on until the last fifteen minutes, although the rest is fascinating too).

This was a live studio interview, with all four of us around the table…host Anne McElvoy, me, London South Bank University president Deian Hopkin (a charming man with much patience, and a native Welsh speaker), and A. S. Byatt.

OH MY GOSH, A. S. BYATT. She just walked in and said “I’ve had the most hellish taxi ride!” and I practically fell down at her feet. I had no idea that she was the other guest. A. S. Byatt has got to be one of my favorite novelists of all time, and absolutely the most faithful, insightful chronicler of women’s lives EVER….EVER….


So on the way to the studio I said to her, “I’ll probably never have the chance to say this again, but I loved A Whistling Woman.” And then after the program was over she talked to me! And told me that she would like to read my book! And waved goodbye and said, “Have a lovely evening!”


More tomorrow….

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  • Christina

    Here’s something funny. That’s how I would feel if I were ever in the same room with you! I don’t have a book for you to read, though. Ha! That’s a neat experience for you-great memory. Christina

  • Sylvia

    My favorites are Angels and Insects and Babel Tower. She certainly writes characters that stay with you. I haven’t been keeping up with her work over the last few years. Nice to have the reminder. Reminds me to check in on Umberto Eco and Richard Powers as well. The three have similar ideas about narrative structure.

  • Laurie

    Hi Susan,

    The way you feel about A.S. Byatt is the way most of us on the WTM forums feel about you : )

    Thank you for all you do to enrich our home schooling journeys.


  • Jenny Wells

    I didn’t know you had time to read novels! I will have to check out A Whistling Woman next time I’m at the library. How exciting for you!

  • Lori

    Cool beans! Thanks for another great author tip! I liked what I read at Amazon.

    You do, of course, realize that there are people who would do the same for you, if you were to suddenly appear somewhere?

  • Trish

    Oh WOW. Antonia Byatt must have been a dream come true! I would have fallen at her feet too. I have a link somewhere of an article a London paper did with pictures of her office. I’ll see if I can find it and send it. Pretty cool. Glad you are having a good time!

  • Anita

    Nifty! Sounds like you are having lots of fun on your trip. Susan, your blog is so fun to read!

  • Anita

    Oh…I forgot to mention why I used Nifty…cause WOW! and COOL BEANS were already used. 🙂

  • Jean Dildado

    BBC is totally awesome, I am so glad you got the chance to make your second appearance.

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