At the heart of Blake Morrison’s new novel, The Executor, are perennial questions: what matters most, the wishes of the living, or the dead, and how much we should reveal about a life well lived if it might damage reputations, or close relationships. The novel revolves around the dilemma of a literary executor who discovers shocking and previously concealed facts about his recently deceased poet friend. Blake Morrison discusses the responsibilities of executors and biographers with Hermione Lee, biographer of Virginia Woolf, currently writing a life of Tom Stoppard. Blake’s work includes the memoir, When Did You Last See Your Father? and As If – a study of the James Bulger case. He is also a poet and critic.
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