Eileen Wharton is one of the funniest writers I've read. She also has great hair. Two very good reasons to go buy her book 'Shit Happens' - a worm's eye view of life at the bottom of the social compost heap. A novel filled with psychotic, hate-filled, drug-dealing, benefit-scrounging, ultra-violent, sexual predators - and that's just the women. Woven through the grit and the gags there are seams of pure gold waiting to be discovered in the shape of prose that sings with the heart of a soul-searing diva, wearing Jimmy Choo shoes of course.
Eileen also has a collection of short stories 'Rainbows in Puddles' - and her new novel 'Blanket of Blood' is available later this summer.
Being an extremely busy woman it was proving next to impossible to tie Eileen down to a precise date for an interview - so we decided to catch her in the one place we were guaranteed to get a few hours of her time. Yup, I sent Strachan McQuade to the hairdressers.
|Strachan McQuade R.I.P.|