Ian McEwan has a new novel, Saturday, coming out in March 2005. Speaking at a private high school in Oxford, he talked about the new novel, being detained from entering the U.S. due to Homeland Security measures, and how 9/11 knocked him off course as a writer.
He also gave "a lengthy explanation of his belief in factual accuracy to underpin and nourish the novelist's imagination. Indeed, he said, as a schoolboy of 13 he had discovered that a description of a Punch magazine cover in L. P. Hartley's 1953 novel The Go-Between was in fact completely accurate. 'If there was a moment when I decided to become a writer, that was it,' he said."
Add The Go-Between to the list of novels I want to read in 2005.