The Death of Eli Gold
The Death of Eli Gold is a comedy, a thriller, and a meditation on love, death, aging, sex, America and fame. Inspired by Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, John Updike, Norman Mailer and Arthur Koestler, it is both a hymn to, and a critique of, that generation of writers whose greatness gave them a license to disregard the damage they caused all around them, especially to their women and children. David Baddiel told us about his literary heroes, making people laugh about religion, and writing fiction.
David Baddiel graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in English. He went on to forge a successful career as a comedian, first on the stand-up circuit in London, and then as part of the team behind the popular BBC sketch show The Mary Whitehouse Experience. In 1993 he teamed up with Rob Newman. Their BBC sketch show,Newman and Baddiel in Pieces, culminated in the pair becoming the first British comics to play an arena gig, at Wembley. His other TV shows include Fantasy Football League, Baddiel’s Syndrome and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned.
In 1996 he co-wrote and co-sung ‘Three Lions’, the England song for Euro '96 – the only song in the history of British pop music to go to No. 1 on three separate occasions.
David was a member of the Man Booker Prize judging panel in 2002, and he writes a regular column for the 'Books' supplement of The Times.
Erica Wagner was born in New York City. She moved to London in the 1980s where she works as Literary Editor of The Times. She published a book of short stories, Gravity, a novel, Seizure, and Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters. Her poems have appeared in The TLS and PNReview. She has judged many awards including the Man Booker Prize. She sits on the Executive Committee of PEN.