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'The great taxonomy of literature'

13 May 2013

'Video games influence our narrative structures; people are telling stories in the way we never had before. I think people can be snobby about that, but people used to be snobby about the influence of cinema on literature. But if you look at Source Code that movie is essentially a structured video game as you keep reloading and trying again. That type of storytelling is bleeding into books.

I realised when I was starting out that writing humorous crime fiction put me in a small subset of the great taxonomy of literature. There is maybe something more off-the-wall in my style which identifies it as something a bit more leftfield, but I think what I write about and my inspirations are quite mainstream.'

Christopher Bookmyre, author of Bedlam, in the Bookseller