Monday, August 11, 2014

Dea Brovig Stranded on a Desert Island

Please welcome Dea Brovig, author of The Last Boat Home, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!

About Dea:

Dea Brøvig moved to the UK from Norway at the age of 17. After graduating from Leeds University, she worked in publishing in London for eight years. She graduated from UEA’s Creative Writing MA in 2009. The Last Boat Home is her first novel.

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Dea Brovig Stranded on a Desert Island

     1. If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?
Ulysses by James Joyce. It’s long, I haven’t read it and really should

2. What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?
A bag of firelighters. I’m rubbish at building campfires

3. What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?
A knife? Matches? Electricity is very practical

4. Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?
I think I’d enjoy the solitude, especially if I like Ulysses as much as I hope to. I’m usually rushed off my feet, so pockets of time that I manage to snatch for myself are precious. More problematic would be the vermin, lack of food and general exposure to the elements

5. If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?
My mum. What she lacks in Island Survival Skills she makes up for by being fantastic company

6. What modern technology would you miss the most?
The sort of technology that powers rescue helicopters, especially those fitted with radars designed to locate writers stranded on islands

7. What food or beverage would you miss the most?
I don’t do well without my morning cup of coffee. Island critters, take note

8. How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?
Honestly, maybe four, unless the animals are kind enough to skin themselves

9. What is the first thing you would do when rescued?
Brush my teeth!

10. What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?
So what did I miss?

The Last Boat Home

On the wind-swept southern coast of Norway, sixteen-year-old Else is out on the icy sea, dragging her oars through the waves while, above her, storm clouds are gathering. Surrounded by mountains, snow and white-capped water, she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life, of escape and faraway lands.

Back on shore, her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew. In the Best Room, her mother covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer. Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated, God-fearing community they call home.
Until one night changes everything…

More than thirty years later, the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her childhood. 

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