Mimi Deb’s novel has been shortlisted for the Avon x Mushens Entertainment Prize. Find out more about Mimi below.
An English Literature graduate, previously a journalist and TV person, currently a writer, rookie runner, and prodigal pianist.
Can you tell us what your novel is about?
Ben & Gia tells the story of Gia, an immigrant, as she navigates the politics of work, love and friendship in London, and the unlikely bond she develops with Ben, the manager of a small restaurant, who sends her notes taped to takeaway boxes.
What inspired you to start writing your novel?
Intentional displacement and the idea of forging relationships after moving to a new place, where you’re suddenly thrust out of your comfort zone, and simple acts like making a friend appear impossible. Also, people-watching on my daily 10k-runs!
Where is your favourite place to write?
I’d love to say a cosy nook overlooking the sea, but the truth is my desk tucked in the corner of my bedroom, surrounded by blank walls.
What are three essentials you need when writing?
My playlist, Post-its and tea.
If you were stuck on a desert island what three books would you take with you?
A Tale of Two Cities, Atlas Shrugged, Harry Potter (Goblet of Fire, if I must choose one!)
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