Friday, June 08, 2007
All Aboard the Writing Train
Anthony Trollope commissioned a knee-mounted desk to extend his morning writing session into the train journey. John le Carré squeezed in his first novel around a foreign service job - not, disappointingly, en route to spying missions, but to an office. Jeffrey Deaver used the trip to his Wall Street law firm to crack one of the few things that pay better than a Wall Street law firm: bestselling crime novels. Yes, writing on trains has a long and honourable literary history.