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Monday 19 December 2005

Tom McCarthy

I've been privileged to run some excellent interviews here on RSB these past couple of weeks (with Robert Gibson, Ken Worpole, Andrew Merrifield and Raymond Federman, amongst many others). I think my most recent interview, with Tom McCarthy, whose novel Remainder is being so highly vaunted at the moment, is one of the very best I've published here. Please do take the time to read it.


Tom (along with Stewart Home, RSB contributor Lee Rourke and 3:AM's Richard Marshall) will be reading at 3:AM Magazine's Xmas Bash (organised in conjunction with Scarecrow) which will take place at the Aquarium Gallery (10 Woburn Walk, London WC1) on 29 December from 7.30pm onwards.

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