Rutherfurd on Rutherfurd


Life Now

Q. Would you say you have an exciting life?

A. Depends what you mean. I don't hang out with famous people, literary or otherwise. No visits to war zones. Hemingway ran with the bulls at Pamplona, but I thought I'd leave that until I'm older. So apart from a fair amount of travel, and happy times spent with my kids, wider family and friends I'm usually to be found in a library or sitting quietly at a desk - pacing about the room, actually. A typical author, I suppose. But is that exciting? Yes. So is the life of the ordinary man taking the commuter train to the office and returning to his wife and kids in the evening. So is the single librarian who reads a lot and lives with her mother. The greatest spiritual heights and richest emotions may be experienced in the quietest lifestyles. I'm fortunate though, because I love my work. Many people don't.

Q. Do you read much?

A. Mostly for research. Also for relaxation; Grisham, Sheldon, that sort of thing. Sheldon's The Other Side of Midnight is one of the most perfectly constructed novels I ever read.

Q. What are you working on at present?

A. I've six or seven books in preparation. I'll just have to hope that in due course, my publishers will want to publish one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?
In Manhattan in the early to mid nineteenth century, scores of pigs roamed the streets – about 20,000 of them at peak population in the early 1820’s, a ratio of roughly one pig to every five humans ! Many of them belonged to families. The city was quickly growing in the nineteenth century – in population and wealth disparity. Despite rapid urbanization, non-wealthy New Yorkers continued raising hogs as a means of surviving. A family could always slaughter one of its pigs to feed itself, or sell one of them since pork was a staple of the American diet. Why pigs? Other animals weren’t quite so compatible with urban life. People could let their pigs wander the streets, rummage through trash for the piles of spoiled food that was left out on the street during the day, and count on them to return home in the evening !




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