Private: McAdam

Colin McAdam’s Some Great Thing, set in Ottawa, has been compared to the work of James Joyce. The author was born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada, and he divides his time between Sydney and Montreal. He talks with the Globe & Mail‘s Rebecca Caldwell about writing:

“I hate the number of literary novels that concern themselves with writers or academics,” he says. “It’s perfectly understandable, often because authors want to use a certain sort of language, but I enjoy trying to think of jobs that other people don’t usually write about and see if I can find a voice which matches, and deciding what grows naturally from that. How psychology emerges in language is really what appeals to me.”

Recent reviews of McAdam’s book have appeared in The Observer and The Independent.