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Quentin Bates
Writers for Readers Marcia Willett
At the end of the seventies English novelist Quentin Bates was offered the opportunity to spend a gap year working in Iceland. The gap year turned into a decade in which he started a family and generally went native – even adopting the nick- name Gráskegurr (Greybeard) affectionately given to him by his wife’s grandmother. He worked ashore and at sea before returning to England – once ashore for good he accidentally
Marcia was born in Somerset but has lived most of her life in Devon, she had always been an avid reader and had never considered writing. Her writer husband Rodney Willett suggested she should – after months of nagging she agreed to see what she could do. Rodney called a publisher based in London. When the receptionist answered his call, one of the commissioning editors happened to be standing nearby and something she
heard interested her. She grabbed the telephone just before the receptionist ended the call. The editor said to Rodney, “It does sound interesting. Why don’t you send it in?” At 50 years old Marcia began her career as a novelist.
Marcia has been described as a born storyteller whose books are beautifully written. Since her first novel she has written 25 more as well as a number of short stories. She has also written four books under the pseudonym ’Willa Marsh’. Success has not been limited to England: she is now published in 18 other countries and her books translated into 15 different languages.
On international success: It’s extraordinary to see my books published in so many different languages and when I get wonderful letters from all over the world. I wonder, ’Can this really be happening to me?’
Marcia Willett is a writer to discover and to celebrate
One of the world’s best-loved writers Gulfnews
drifted into journalism he also became a feature writer for an obscure nautical trade magazine.
He has used some of his experiences as well as a university writing course to develop his Gunnhildur series and although he is British, Quentin is more in line with Scandinavian crime fiction authors. In 2011 he made the move into fiction with the novel Frozen Out. Today he divides his time between the north of Iceland and the south of England, translating books from Icelandic in addition to working on his own fiction.
On being a translator: Translation is a parallel skill – it calls for many of the same skills as writing your own stuff, as well as some very different ones.
Superior crime fiction set in Iceland . . . The Times
A crackling fiction debut . . . palpable authenticity Publishers Weekly
What we’re reading . . .
Tracy Chevalier’s Reader, I Married Him draws inspiration from a line in Jane Eyre. Commissioned to celebrate Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary year in 2016, this collection of original stories is by today's finest women writers. These tales, and more, salute the lasting relevance of Brontë’s famous novel and its themes of love, compromise and self-determination.
A beautifully rendered tale of faith and redemption that makes us think, feel, and hope . . . Mitch Albom’s The First Phone Call From Heaven tells the story of Coldwater, Michigan. A handful of bereaved residents start receiving phone calls from beyond the grave. Some call it a miracle; others are convinced it's a hoax. Regardless of opinion, one thing is certain: Coldwater is now on the map.
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