The Death of Eli Gold
, Erica Wagner
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.
Erica Wagner’s latest book is Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge (Bloomsbury). Erica was the literary editor of the London Times for seventeen years and is now a contributing writer for the New Statesman and consulting literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author of Ariel’s Gift, Seizure (Faber & Faber), the short story collection Gravity (Granta) and the editor of First Light (Unbound), a celebration of the work of Alan Garner. She received the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014, and she is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths.