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works in progressI’ve just published my third novel, Ever Rest. I’m now starting a new exciting idea. Its working title is Four.

I actually have the real title, but I’m superstitious about revealing it too soon. So for now, I’m calling it Four. It worked for Peter Gabriel.

Yes, I know Gabriel Four wasn’t officially called Gabriel Four. We’ll debate that another time.

Four. My fourth novel, obviously. Four also has a resonance with the true title, which only I know, but never mind.

And I like, very much, the resonance with Peter Gabriel, ever since I saw a documentary of him with a tape recorder, in a field, capturing the sound of a chisel striking the cable on a radio mast, taking it home to his Fairlight and making it into music.

I am inspired by his ethos that the world is alive with material, that you can make your art out of anything you like. In a similar way, my Four is using traditions that aren’t usually seen in literary fiction, so Gabriel is a good guiding angel.

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Who am I like? Hilary Mantel, Ray Bradbury, Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret Atwood

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