Stephen Bywater’s top cultural picks

May 7, 2014, Article by Tom in Books

Stephen Bywater, author of THE DEVIL’S ARK, reveals his favourites from the worlds of music, literature and more…

Band: Belle and Sebastian for melody and lyrics. British Sea Power for mood and attitude. Adam Green for his voice – as deep as a cello. And there’s always The Smiths…

Artist: Vivian Maier – a street photographer who lived for her art and never said a word to anyone about it.

Film: Moon and The Shining and Grand Budapest Hotel and Carnage and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Book: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, Stoner by John Williams, Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry by B.S. Johnson.

Writer: Henry Miller for his self-inflicted honesty, Shakespeare for plays which never fail to surprise or delight (no matter how often you study them), Angela Carter for her love of language.

Drink: Leffe Blonde. A Belgian beer and preferably served in its proper glass. Or just tap water (‘Adam’s Ale,’ said my grandfather, ‘and lions drink it.’)

Places and Holiday destinations: New York’s Central Park, Kalkan’s pebbly beach in Turkey, an ice-cream parlour in Buenos Aires, Bodiam Castle in Sussex, the beach at Studland Bay in Dorset, The Wellington in Bedford.

Food: Baked beans on toast with a ‘thatching’ of grated cheddar cheese.

Team and sport: Coventry City Football Club. I also play football and have played for staff teams in Argentina and El Salvador.

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