1.en.2 Meet the author: an interview with Ruth Rendell

Are you a fan of crime and mystery books? We have just read a short story by world famous crime author Ruth Rendell, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to learn a bit more about her.

Click on her photo to get to a fairly recent interview in the books section of The Guardian. After reading the interview try to answer the questions below:

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Questions

1. Say whether the following statements are true or false:

a) According to Ms Rendell it’s better to include all the important details at the very beginning of a story.

b) Some of Ms Rendell’s books were published under a different name.

c) Inspector Wexford does not have anything in common with Ms Rendell.

d) No Man’s Nightingale is the first of her books to include an issue she is concerned about.

e) She finds it difficult to give names to the characters in her books.

f) She used to read murder stories years ago.

g) Ms Rendell uses a lot of her own life experiences in her books.

h) Hidding information to the reader is only important in mystery books.

2. Find in the text synonyms of the following words and expressions:

a) huge (adj.):                                                                                d) destiny (n.):

b) communicate (vb.):                                                                     e) clean (adj):

c) nickname (n.):                                                                             f) attract (vb.):

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