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Blake Morrison: Tennis rivalry inspired new book

28th April 2010

A chance conversation at a tennis club inspired Blake Morrison's latest novel, the author has revealed.

In an interview with the Scotsman, the writer said he is a little worried that he does not have an idea for his next book, but claimed he is reassured in the knowledge that inspiration can seemingly spring from nowhere.

Morrison explained that his upcoming novel - The Last Weekend - was sparked by a conversation at his regular tennis club, when he discovered one of the players logs the result of every supposedly-friendly game at home.

'That got me thinking about male competitiveness and how the urge to win and beat somebody else never quite gets civilised out of you,' the author told the newspaper.

He added that he took this idea and developed it into the plot of his new novel, which tells the tale of two rivalrous friends who resurrect an old bet with terrible consequences.

Morrison writes in many forms, including fiction, poetry, journalism and literary criticism, but his most famous works are his two memoirs And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Things My Mother Never Told Me.

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