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MEET: Natasha Brown

October 22, 2021

Natasha Brown is a writer who lives in London. Assembly is her first novel.

What was the last book that you read that you’d now recommend? 

Fragile Monsters by Catherine Menon. 

Have you read any classics lately that you were reading for the first time? 

The Old Man and the Sea.

Do you re-read books? And if yes, what was your last re-read? 

I reread books often, it’s hard to say which one I last reread, I always have a lot of books on the go.

What are your go-to genres? 

Tough to answer… I enjoy Sci-Fi a lot.  

What is your favorite childhood book? 

I remember really enjoying The Wind Singer.

What books are on your bedside table right now? 

A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray by Dominique Barbéris.

Do you bookmark or dogear your page in a book? 

Bookmark always — even if it’s just a scrap of paper.

What is your ideal reading setting? 

A relaxed sunny afternoon, reading on the sofa

Tell us about your favorite indie bookstore? 

BookBar in London is amazing — a fantastic selection of books, plus a wine bar.

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? 

Probably when I started reading newspapers as a teenager, those words shape our understanding of the entire world.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? 

I’m not sure I’ve been on one! 

Where do you get most of your writing and editing done? 

Either my desk (editing) or the kitchen table (writing).

Does writing energize or exhaust you? 

Exhaust.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 

The one I’m currently working on — although it’s a fair bit less than half-finished.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? 

I read the ones that are shared with me on Instagram — there’s such a deep pool of book content there, people are sharing really interesting responses to and analyses about books. It’s really touching when someone takes the time to give my book that treatment!

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? 

I’m not sure.

When you’re not reading or writing, what are you doing? 

I like ‘spinning’ and am trying to make stretching and pilates a part of my
routine.

What are your three favorite things right now?

1) Yerba Mate tea

2) Filter coffee

3) Angialis (not sure why only beverages came to mind).

Your favorite travel destination and why? 

It’s hard to say — I don’t travel all that much.

What’s your favorite meal and go-to drink order? 

Coffee and toast I think, I like brunch.

What six people, living or dead, would you invite to dinner a party? 

I’m always terrible at answering this! 

If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be, who would play you? 

Mockumentary and Naomie Harris.

What’s the last TV show or movie you watched that was really good? 

Undone – a TV series. 

You have to sing karaoke; what song do you pick? 

Radiohead – Creep.

If you were being taken to a deserted island and could only bring one book, what would it be? 

It would have to be a short story anthology, I think. Hard to pick just one though!

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