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The Worm Hole Podcast Episode 49: Rebecca F John (The Haunting Of Henry Twist)

Charlie and Rebecca F John (The Haunting Of Henry Twist) discuss being gay and bisexual in the 1920s, the way the flapper years could mask the effects of War, and the fictional man who cannot believe that his male partner is not some sort of reincarnation of his dead wife.

Please be aware that there are spoilers throughout this episode; we couldn’t discuss the book properly without them!

Hay Festival’s Hay 30 list

Release details: recorded 20th October 2021; published 8th November 2021

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Question Index

01:09 You were named on the Hay Festival’s ‘Hay 30’ list. Can you tell us about that?
02:23 Would you categorise this book as historical fiction or historical fantasy?
07:54 Why did you choose to include Ruby in the way you did?
10:16 Is there a connection between the pacing of the novel and what Henry’s going through?
11:42 Why were Monty, Matilda, and Grayson’s stories included?
14:04 Henry lives a lot of his life with fear; how much is this a book about the war?
15:57 Were the surnames, Twist and Turner, chosen for any particular reason?
16:52 Is there more to Jack than Henry’s ideas – is he even a fully-fledged person?
19:28 I know it’s down to reader interpretation, but who is Jack to you, as far as you’re concerned?
22:21 Henry and Jack’s relationship is accepted by their friends, but what would have happened if it hadn’t been?
25:24 What was the treatment of single fatherhood like at the time?
27:47 Did you ever consider having Henry become comfortable as a bisexual person?
29:39 Does Henry love Jack?
30:51 What do you want readers to take away from reading this book?
32:18 Could Monty, Matilda, Grayson, and Sally, be happy together?
33:51 What’s next?

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