A. S. Byatt (1936-2023) was a British writer and academic, who won the 1990 Booker Prize for her novel Possession, now considered a key postmodern text. Byatt published eleven novels and six collections of short fiction, including The Children’s Book, which was shortlisted for the Booker and won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2010. “No novelist, perhaps, has done so much to widen the range of English fiction,” declared The Paris Review in 2001, and she continues to be widely admired for her literary ambition and the grand ideas encapsulated in her fiction.
After losing her son in a tragic accident, she later explained, she lost her appetite for writing tragedy. She “slowly came to value comedy, because I began to see that tragedy and terror are things for the young, to whom nothing dreadful has happened.” In a “world of desolation and devastation,” she continued, “Why the hell not have happy endings? Everybody knows they’re artificial. Why not have this pleasure, as one has the pleasure of rhyme, as one has the pleasure of color?”
Books by A.S. Byatt
Interviews where books by A.S. Byatt were recommended
The Children's Book
by A.S. Byatt
On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks
Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation
by David Huron
Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life
by Steven Strogatz
The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived
by Peter C. Whybrow
We live at a time of unprecedented insight into the workings of our own minds. We can use this knowledge to improve both ourselves and humanity, argues the neuroscientist.