Graham Norton and Alice Levine | Summary and Q&A

July 11, 2017
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Graham Norton and Alice Levine


Comedian discusses writing a novel and hosting a talk show, emphasizes the importance of perseverance and not rushing success.

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Key Insights

  • πŸ‘― It's common for people to talk about writing a novel without actually doing it, so the comedian challenged himself to write one.
  • ↩️ The comedian initially expected his novel to be cynical, but it turned out to be sentimental, reflecting his current personality.
  • πŸ›Ÿ Real-life experiences and locations served as inspiration for aspects of the novel, but certain ideas that were thought to be central ended up being peripheral to the story.
  • πŸ‘» Having a narrative framework can be helpful for writing a novel, but it's also important to allow the story to evolve naturally.
  • πŸ‘» The comedian's approach to hosting a talk show is to be disarming, making the guests feel comfortable and not aiming to embarrass or catch them off guard.
  • πŸ˜„ Americans often come to the comedian's talk show with a fear of being caught off guard due to their perception of British press, but the comedian aims to put them at ease.
  • 🍡 Some guests on the comedian's show have been tipsy, but it hasn't posed major issues, especially when other guests are experienced comedians who can handle the situation.

Questions & Answers

Q: How did the comedian's novel come about?

The comedian decided to write a novel because he didn't want to be someone who only talked about writing a book. He challenged himself to finish it, and publishing memoirs allowed him to also publish the novel.

Q: Did the comedian surprise himself with the story he wrote?

Yes, he expected the story to be more cynical, but it turned out to be sentimental. He believes that the novel reflected his current personality as a sentimental old fool.

Q: Did the comedian draw inspiration from real-life experiences for his novel?

While some locations and elements in the book were borrowed from reality, the central aspect of the story, a house consumed by nature, was initially thought to be essential but ended up being peripheral.

Q: Did the comedian have a detailed plan for developing his characters?

He created a narrative framework and knew basic details about the characters but allowed the story to evolve naturally. He found that the characters sometimes took on a life of their own.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The comedian wrote a novel to challenge himself and avoid being someone who always talked about writing a book without doing it.

  • He initially thought his novel would be cynical, but it turned out to be a sentimental story.

  • The inspiration for the novel came from a house he saw with a fascinating backstory, but it became a peripheral aspect of the story.

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