How Kevin Maher writes

Kevin Maher “…I did loads of research on the Millennium Dome. I wasted hundreds of pounds on books on the Dome. I’m probably one of the world’s foremost experts on the Dome but, very kindly, my editor cut everything on the Dome out of the book, all of the information about rivets and steel beams. It was that classic, crap amateur novelist thing of trying to show off everything you know, when you definitely don’t need to.”
[in an interview with ‘The Bookseller’ magazine, February 6, 2015] 

Kevin Maher

[photo: Rose Maher]

This made me chuckle. Novelists who were formerly journalists are probably the most guilty at over-researching, if Irish writer Kevin Maher is anything to go by. The Times journalist has written two novels, The Fields and Last Night on Earth, and it is his experience writing the second which he refers to here.

Kevin Maher


See how these other novelists write:-
Donna Leon
Paula Hawkins
Hanya Yanagihara

‘Last Night on Earth’ by Kevin Maher [UK: Abacus]

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