The Making of Wood Green

With this in mind, and my thirties approaching, I made a conscious decision to radically change my writing process. I was enamoured with the structural complexity and ecstatic imagination of Jean Genet’s novels, and my ambition was to write a book that achieved something similar. I also wanted to create something beautiful. For a long time I had believed that confrontation equalled innovation, yet with the failure of my first two books I had realised that bringing a reader close and making them feel something deep was much harder than keeping them at arm’s length with shock tactics.

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