Friday, August 05, 2011

Coffee with a canine: Elizabeth Speller & Erwin

This weekend's featured duo at Coffee with a Canine: Elizabeth Speller and Erwin.

The author, on how Erwin got his name--
After Erwin Schrödinger – the Hungarian physicist (being a Hungarian dog). I am not sure his genius is reflected in my dog’s psyche (though he may be biding his time) but quantum mechanics is a bit of a mystery to me too.
--and his role in her writing:
Distraction, mostly. He tries to climb on my lap and when he succeeds bashes his great paws on the keyboard. He also eats my reference books given...[read on]
Among the praise for The Return of Captain John Emmett:
"[W]ith its elegant prose and naturalistic manner, [The Return of Captain John Emmett] draws the reader into a simple-seeming story of post-World War I England—a tale that turns out to be anything but straightforward and far from soothing.... Restrained and marvelous, "The Return of Captain John Emmett" is full of jolting revelations and quiet insights—and one last, subtle act of charity that echoes louder and longer than any gunshot.”
—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

“The New Birdsong—only better.”
The Independent

"Elegant, engrossing read."
Publishers Weekly

"Elegantly written anti-war saga."
The Return of Captain John Emmett, is now a Richard & Judy Book Club featured book.

Speller's second novel, The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton, a mystery set in 1924, in the ancient landscape between Stonehenge and the Savernake Forest, is available now in the U.K. and arrives in the U.S. in the coming spring.

Visit Elizabeth Speller's website.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Elizabeth Speller and Erwin.

--Marshal Zeringue