David Nokes

David Nokes

David Nokes is the author of a biography of Jane Austen published in 1997. A professor of English literature at King’s College, London, Nokes also teaches creative writing at the university. He has previously written a novel and a television drama and adapted classics for the screen. His reviews appear often in The Times Literary Supplement.

Q & A

Where are you from?
London, England

Who are your favorite writers?
Swift, La Rochefoucauld, Evelyn Waugh.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Stevenson: Treasure Island, Swift, A Modest Proposal.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Music and theatre-going.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Keep working.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Desire to get known.

Where do you write?
At home.



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