M.J. Hyland Interview

M.J. Hyland, whose second novel Carry Me Down was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, has just published her third novel, This Is How.  The author will be attending the 2009 Brisbane Writers' Festival and spoke to Madeline Healy of "The Courier-Mail".

Her novel This is How tells the story of Patrick Oxtoby, a outsider struggling to find his niche in life, a place where he fits in. His fiancee breaks off his engagement so Patrick leaves home and moves to a boarding house in a seaside village. Struggling to fit in and make new friends, he cannot shake the feeling that nobody likes him.

As his disappointments in life build up, his actions lead to devastating consequences for him, his family and many of those surrounding him.

"There is an escalation in him, a swelling, a maddening," Hyland says. "I spent three years concocting this idea. I've read lots of really good serious literary fiction which has helped me write this.

"But most inspiring was an interview with Tony Parker. It was in a book called Life After Life: Interviews with 12 Murderers and after reading the third interview I decided my next novel would be based on that murderer," she says.


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