James Salter has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest prose stylists of our time. Here the author of classic American novels, including A Sport and a Pastime and All That Is, discusses his long, remarkable career and the unforgettable experience of taking off alone in the pursuit of writing.

‘I decided to write, or perish. It was like starting life from scratch.’ 


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The Picador Classic edition of A Sport and a Pastime, with a new introduction from Sarah Hall, is out now.