The Air You Breathe remains one of the best books I’ve recently read. Please read my review of the book here. I still miss the book. I miss its characters, its atmosphere and its quality. The book feels like classic even though it’s just been published. I was sure that it took not only skill and talent but time to grow a book like this. I wanted to check if my perception was correct but Google gave no answer, so I asked Frances de Pontes Peebles herself.
In her reply Frances said that it took whole nine years to write the book! There were five years of working on the book in total. Frances had to take time off in between but she still kept thinking about the book, “pining for the idea, WANTING to work on it”.
Turns out I was right, The Air You Breathe took years to mature. The book is a gem. I envy all who haven’t read it yet.
For my post I used the photo of the author from her official Facebook page.
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