Liz Nugent - Irish Book Award winner on new novel 'Skin Deep', vital characterisation and how to push through a difficult start.

After working as a stage manager, running all over the place in a theatre, then being shackled to the desk writing for soap operas, Liz Nugent became bored with dull, desk-driven office work, and became an author. Well... became an author over 6 years of writing her first book 'Unravelling Oliver'. It won an Irish Book Award, became a bestseller and gave her a career of being a proper writer.

She's back with her third novel 'Skin Deep', all about an enigmatic, alluring and alarming socialite, and the body she finds in her apartment. We talk about how her writing day has changed 3 books in, why she needs to know characters inside-out before she starts, and which song gave her the idea for a whole novel.

You can also get a top writing tip from Ben Schott, of 'Schott's Miscellany and Almanac', who has dived into the world of PG Wodehouse, and wants you to start reading aloud.

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