London

I’m in London today promoting The Room and the Chair, which is newly available in the UK from Portobello Books. This morning I did a live radio interview on BBC 4’s Today show. It’s Radio 4’s most popular radio show with 6 million viewers. I arose at 7 a.m. (2 a.m. New York time) and attempted to speak with wit and aplomb, neither of which I possessed. My interviewer was a terrifically awake Sarah Montague. She was joined, via phone from Bristol, by a well-caffienated Nick Davies, a reporter who has written a book called Flat Earth News saying that journalism is in dire straits. Sarah and Nick had all kinds of brilliant objections to my premise that the truth can be gotten at better by fiction than by journalism. By the end of my six minutes and 19 seconds, they’d both convinced me I was rather daft. More interviews this afternoon…