Sadly for you I am appearing on the telly this Saturday night – thus ruining yet another weekend for you all with my relentless attention-seeking.

John Mullan along with a panel of judges read 57 novels published in the last two years, and between them they chose what they thought were the twelve most interesting. A Kind of Intimacy was one of the twelve.

You’ll disagree and come up with your own best and worst lists, of course – and I think that’s a good thing. I’m interested in what conclusions the panel of judges drew about where contemporary British literature is headed. Down the pan, according to some, I am sure.

Just in case you can bring yourself, the Guardian ran a piece about the Culture Show Special here. The show itself will be running on BBC 2 at 9pm this Saturday night. 

11 responses to “Telly”

  1. Nik Perring says:

    Cool beans, Jenn! I’ll be watching for sure (I don’t mind making an exception of my never watching TV for this!).

    And congrats again. Very cool!


  2. Susan says:

    Wow consider us all suitably impressed. Look forward to watching.



  3. Thanks Nik and Sue.

    I am sort of curious to see what to make of it, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to stand to watch myself on telly.

    You’ll have to tell me how it went 😉

  4. Gina says:

    Will have a watch of it…hope the audience is more cheery than the grumpy comments on the Guardian that related to the article.

  5. Andy Duggan says:

    When you posted about upcoming publicity on WriteWords recently, I never guessed it would be as high-profile as this! Great timing for ‘Cold Light’ coming out.

    My own pinnacle was an article in the Warrington Guardian, even that made me feel self-conscious. (I had more comments about the shirt I was wearing than the book). Don’t think I could handle TV at all.

    Looking forward to the programme, Beebs 2 and 4 have doing a lot of novel-related docs recently.


  6. Jane Eagland says:

    Whoohoo! Well done! And you look great in the pic, so I’m sure you’ll come over well on the box. Go, Jenn!

  7. Anne Cater says:

    You were fabulous – Congratulations!

  8. Watched the programme last night Jenn. I haven’t visited your blog for a while, and didn’t realise you were going to be on. It was a really interesting programme, and well done! Fascinating listening to all the writers speaking about their work, all very inspirational xxx

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  10. Dave Carr says:

    Hi Jenn,
    Saw the programme on Saturday.
    Very impressed.
    You signed a copy of your book for me at Word Soup #1.

    Best wishes

  11. Thank you all!

    Dave – Word Soup one was ages ago! I remember how terrified I was by it all. I don’t think they number the events any more, but I reckon they must be on Word Soup 15 or 16 by now – it’s a much slicker affair than the slightly wobbly first attempt I hosted. Do you still go? I’m going on the 24th because a friend of mine is reading. Say hello if you’re there!


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