Will Eaves was born in Bath in 1967. He is the author of two other novels, The Oversight (2001) and Nothing To Be Afraid Of (2005), and a collection of poems, Sound Houses (2011). For many years he was the arts editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He now teaches at the University of Warwick.
Will Eaves' third novel, This is Paradise, is an exquisite story about an apparently ordinary family in 1970s Bath. It follows Don and Emily Allden and their four children through the highs and lows of raising a family. Thirty years later and living their own lives, the children meet at their mother's deathbed. In the end, even down-to-earth families like this one are never what they seem.
Here, Will Eaves talks to his editor Paul Baggaley about the novel's structure, its seventh main character after the family members, and his own experience of writing.