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Every now and then the nattering of the radio in the background of my boating life throws up a real gem. Five Easy Ways With Chilli by Scarlett Thomas, read by Claire Skinner was one of them. As I pottered around, tidying and clearing, I listened intently as a young woman's love life was turned into a series of recipes (not too dissimilar from Esquival's Like Water For Chocolate with a repetitious and delicious chilli metaphor.
I knew nothing about the author of the piece until the very end of the reading and it struck me as I am about to turn the final pages on one of her books. I had never heard of Scarlett Thomas before Canongate sent me a copy of one of her novels, The End of Mr Y (does she have others? I must find out). Mr Y has been a squirmer of a novel so far and it keeps morphing from one thing to another in a similar way that David Mitchell manages with number9dream and Cloud Atlas. Can't wait to devour the end of the story this weekend.
Anyway, I highly recommend giving the Radio 4 piece a listen and although I haven't heard any of the other readings listed on that page, I bet they're great too.
Can you believe that yet another week has flown by? Me either.
- Current Mood: tired
- Current Music:Summer Time Rolls - Janes Addiction