24 June 2011 0 Comments

UK fiction blog guest post on Mozart’s intellectual life

The excellent UK fiction blog Floor to Ceiling Books (you can find film and television reviews there too) has a guest post from me about how my portrayal of Mozart stacks up against the popular image of him as a buffoon who happened to be able to write sublime music. I’m delighted blogger “Magemanda” posed […]

22 June 2011 0 Comments

Roll over Amadeus: Mozart’s Last Aria ‘a cracking read’

Novelist, journalist and classical music blogger Jessica Duchen has an interview with me about my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria on her excellent blog today, which she titles “Roll Over Amadeus.” Wish I’d thought of the headline. (Well, now it’s on my blog anyhow!) Here’s how she introduces her interview: “A musical thriller landed on […]

17 May 2011 0 Comments

Inspiration–and laughter–for the ladies: Ghada Abdel Aal’s Writing Life

When she was in her early twenties, Egyptian writer Ghada Abdel Aal began the complicated process of seeking a spouse. It involved meetings in parental living rooms over awkward glasses of tea. On one such occasion her potential groom spent his time screaming at a soccer game on tv. Another turned out to have a […]

11 November 2010 4 Comments

Clive Owen is going to die

British actor Clive Owen, star of box office hits like “Sin City,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” and “King Arthur,” is expected to die, according to people familiar with death. The 46-year-old heartthrob, famed for his slightly nasal London twang, lusterless delivery and not being as good as co-star Julia Roberts in “Duplicity,” is in apparently […]