DBF Interviews: Tara FlynnPublished 14/10/2016
Q. Why did you decide to contribute to the anthology, Looking at the Stars?
Q. Your last book, Giving Out Yards: the Art of Complaint, brilliantly captured a national art form. What do you find yourself giving out about most?
Q. What have you read recently that’s really excited you?
That’s a horrible question, there are so many books! I loved Neil Hegarty’s novel, Inch Levels and Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me. As a comedian, Tina Fey’s Bossypants is one book I always go back to. But a real eye-opener was Anne L. Barstow’s Witchcraze: A New History of the European Witch Hunts. It explores how pressure to change sexual customs in Reformation Europe led to a witch hunt: 100,000 people were just made to go away. It’s a fascinating and terrifying book, and it’s so, so sad – it’s a brilliantly written history of women’s rights.