For a long time, I read Proust's novel. In fact, I read it exclusively for two years, from early 2008 to 2010. I read and read. And as I read I reflected and remembered.
It was not long before I began to plan and write. My own book In Search of Vinteuil: Music, Literature and a Self Regained followed soon after, in 2010. This work is a critical engagement with Proust's great novel and also a record of my own self-recollection. It reflects my journey through literature, memory and music.
Proust's work remains the most important marker in my life as a writer. It has challenged my assumptions about exactly what writing can achieve. It has also encouraged me to bake madeleine cakes.