Claire-Louise Bennett: Imaging a Writer
When Claire-Louise Bennett’s first book was published in 2016, fellow author Colum McCann described it as ‘entirely unique… quiet and luxurious all at once’. Playful, lyrical, elliptical, and very clever, sitting somewhere between a novel and a book of short stories – Pond is without question the work of a notable literary talent. It is a moment of great promise for Bennett, then, that her forthcoming book, Checkout 19, will be on the Jonathan Cape imprint – publisher of many of the world’s most celebrated writers in recent decades.
Checkout 19 is a thrillingly intelligent delight, exploring one woman’s journey to becoming a writer. It fuses lived experience with flights of fantasy in a succession of gloriously intimate, revelatory chapters. Written in a voice which is charming, disarming, yet at the same time sharp as a tack, this is a book whose author has a devastatingly sure touch. We are thrilled to welcome Claire-Louise Bennett today to discuss her new novel.