‘In some ways all the characters I’ve ever written about are fighters: I never really know who they are, or how to write about them, until I test what they will and won’t do; pushing them into a story and seeing how they battle their way out.’
‘Toole is an honest writer, ruthlessly constructing and breaking down the psychology, as well as the physicality, of his characters.’
In her essay, ‘Prose that packs a punch’, for international short story forum Thresholds, Emily reflects on the short-story collection that strongly inspired her love of boxing literature: Rope Burns by F.X. Toole.
‘Historical research was important in trying to piece together the vanished landscape of bombed out London.’
Read an author interview with Emily Bullock over on Ink Pantry, where she discusses the inspiration behind The Longest Fight, how she became a boxing fan, and what’s next for her writing career.
‘When writing The Longest Fight I also wanted to know what other writers had to say about the sport. What I discovered was a whole sub-genre, fighting fiction…’
Find out which works of literary fiction, featuring fight scenes, Emily selected for We Love This Book‘s regular feature…