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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Writing an Iceberg

Ordinary people - both English and German - left mentally scarred by World War II; homes that have been transformed in a grotesque way or shifted altogether; a holiday that opens up family fissures; an ancient car that struggles to reach Berlin; and the city itself, pockmarked with bullet-holes and split in half: these inherent parallels provide the nuts and bolts of my debut novel, Tying Down The Lion. But how does a story-teller reveal interconnecting themes without consciously laying them bare to the reader? I try to explain The Iceberg Theory in my guest post for Brick Lane Publishing.