5-4-3-2-1: Brian Conaghan

By Jim Dean, April 21, 2016

I’ve heard so many great things about Brian Conaghan’s books – both the Carnegie-shortlisted When Mr Dog Bites, and the new release (out TODAY from Bloomsbury!) The Bombs That Brought Us Together! It’s great to have him on the site today taking part in 5-4-3-2-1.

5 songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly

Beginners Luck – Eels
Junk Bond Trader – Elliott Smith
I’m Writing a Novel – Father John Misty
Tower of Song – Leonard Cohen
Feeling Good Is Good Enough – Matthew E White

I’m choosing songs off 5 albums that I seemed to listen to on rotation during the writing of my last novel. Whenever I hear these songs it takes me back to that place again…staring at a computer screen.

4 TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing)

Storyville (BBC Documentary Series) Never fails to entertain, enlighten and engage.
Match Of The Day: For lovers of football and loathers of Sky
Top Of The Pops 2: A bit of nostalgia, and, frankly, better musical times.
Masterchef: We all aspire.

3 places you love to read

In Bed: Has to be the right book though, not a factual tome.
On Trains: Now, if you’re talking about factual tomes…
In Cafes: Coffee and books! Enough said.

2 authors you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island

Bear Grylls
Ray Mears

Philip Roth or Irvine Welsh wouldn’t be able to maintain the food and water supply, nor would they be able to get me off of the island, but I know two guys who could!

1 piece of advice you’d give yourself if you could travel back in time to before you became a published author

“Don’t waste so much time on trying to be the new Kerouac, Burroughs or Bukowski.”

I suppose this is a case of find your own voice and stop trying to blag someone else’s.

Brian Conaghan (C) Ben Turner 2015 (2)

Brian Conaghan (C) Ben Turner 2015

What do you think?