After an eleven year hiatus since 'The Little Friend' was released, Donna Tartt is back with the highly critically acclaimed 'The Goldfinch'. This week I attended a Waterstone's talk with Donna Tartt hosted by Kirsty Wark at St James' Church, Piccadilly.
'The Goldfinch', which immediately after release topped the best seller list, features a young boy who is involved in a horrific accident where his mother dies. Entwined in the narrative is Carel Fabritius' (a student of Rembrandt) painting 'The Goldfinch' which gives the novel it's name.
The talk was split in to two sections, an interview with Kirsty Wark and a Q&A session with the audience. It was a great insight in to Tartt's writing methods, her inspiration and more importantly, why she writes a book per decade (a large amount of time spent researching and editing apparently).