Countdown with John Lawton
Interviewed 27 October 2018
thinks he may well be the only TV director ever to be named in a Parliamentary
Bill in the House of Lords as an offender against taste and balance—he has also
been denounced from the pulpit in Mississippi as a communist, but thinks
that less remarkable.
John spent most of the 1990s in New York—among other things attending the writers’ sessions at The Actors’ Studio under Norman Mailer. Since 2000 he has lived in the high, wet hills of Derbyshire, with frequent excursions into the high, dry hills of Arizona and Italy, as he finds he cannot write about England while he's in it.
He’s not sure he has any hobbies, but grows 12 different varieties of potato every year. He is smartphone allergic and social media resistant. He has spent much of his life in search of the perfect hi-fi. He is devoted to the work of Franz Schubert, Cormac McCarthy, Art Tatum, and Barbara Gowdy.
Books by John Lawton
Joe Wilderness is in a West Berlin jail after having unintentionally shot a woman whom he was trying to smuggle to the West. Just when it seems that he is going to be there for a long time, his father-in-law, a senior member of MI5, comes to his rescue - but it is at a price.
Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Arnold Taylor