Ansgar Allen

What book are you reading right now?

Marshlands by André Gide

What’s the last great book you read?

Extinction (again) by Thomas Bernhard

What’s a book you love that no one else has heard of?

I have a certain soft spot for History of Shit by Dominique Laporte.

What book most changed the way you see the world?

This is tough, I’m not sure books work like that. I do return repeatedly to Nietzsche to shake myself up a bit. The Gay Science, for instance.

If you received a £100 book token you had to spend today, what would you buy?

Artaud and the Gnostic Drama by Jane Goodall, bound in black goatskin, though £100 wouldn’t quite do it.

What would be your Desert Island book?

A book with lots of pages that burns well. I’m probably not the first to suggest that, but it’s the only sensible answer really.