Books That Changed Me: Sallie Muirden
Sallie Muirden is the author of three previous novels – Revelations of a Spanish Infanta, We Too Shall Be Mothers, and A Woman of Seville – and a collection of poetry, The Fable of Arachne. Her latest novel, Wedding Puzzle, is published by Transit Lounge.
MALORY TOWERS SERIES
I devoured these very English novels when I was nine and 10. They made me want to go to a boarding school like Malory Towers and have as much fun as this group of daring, brazen young girls. I began my writing career at the age 10 by imitating Enid Blyton's style.
Sallie Muirden says Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding is the perfect novel.Credit:
THE DIARY OF ANAIS NIN: BOOK I, 1931-1934
I started reading Anais Nin's diaries in 1979. I found them fascinating in a chic, European way. Imagine being great friends with Henry Miller and living in a houseboat in Paris. I got bored with Nin's later diaries but I was inspired to start a diary myself. I learnt so much from Nin's descriptions of people.
So much imagination and poetry in a novel that is a postmodern tour de force. I was blown away by the charm of Jeanette Winterson's voice in her inventive remaking of Napoleonic history. Winterson showed a whole generation of writers how to get up close and personal with someone from long ago, like Napoleon.
THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING
While she was writing this coming-of-age novel that is set in a small town in Georgia, the American author claimed that "the least slip" would ruin it. There was to be no slip. It is a perfect novel. The conversations Frankie, who is 12, has in the kitchen with her housekeeper and her little cousin are so remarkable that a Broadway play was made out of them.
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