By Kate Sidley for the Sunday Times:
Richard de Nooy grew up in South Africa, but has lived in Amsterdam for the past 25 years. He writes his novels in English and Dutch. His first novel, Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot, won the UJ Prize for Best First Book. His second novel, The Big Stick, was released in December last year.
My book bag is crammed with research reading for my third novel, which features a war correspondent who is under forensic observation to establish whether he is legally accountable for crimes he’s committed.
So it’s mostly non-fiction about various theatres of war and disaster (Yugoslavia, Palestine/Israel, Sri Lanka), in combination with books about the ins and outs of life/work in institutes for forensic observation and the experiences of war correspondents.
I’ve just finished Saree Makdisi’s eye-opening Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation and I’m about to get stuck into Misha Glenny’s The Fall of Yugoslavia. Each of these books will hopefully inspire a single tale that boils each conflict down to human proportions.