Martin Bax has been a paediatrician for over 40 years and is currently an honorary reader in Child Health at Imperial College, London.  In 1959 while still in medical school he founded the arts magazine Ambit, which is still in existence today.  He has published the novels The Hospital Ship and Love on the Borders, as well as Edmund Went Far Away for children.  He was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Literature in 2002.

Short Story Collections

Memoirs of a
Gone World

(Salt Publishing, 2010)

reviewed by Mithran Somasundrum

Interview with Martin Bax

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Martin Bax: I edit the Arts Magazine Ambit and I am continually looking at material there and writing some material for Ambit myself.  I am also always engaged as I am now writing or revising novels I publish.  My short stories crop up in my mind while I am writing and I usually then write them straight away.  It occurred to me a couple of years ago that I probably had enough stories to make a collection so I put them together in chronological order.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

MB:  A story is a story - is a story! It is a shortish piece of prose usually under 1,500 words but see Chekhov and which is contained in itself. 

TSR: Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?

MB:  I never had a particular reader in mind - it is more that I have something I want to express.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?

MB: I would love anyone who has read the collection to comment on it and tell me what they thought about it.

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

MB: It is a good feeling that people are buying my books and let's hope they buy more of them.

TSR: What are you working on now?

MB: I am busy working on novels at the moment and also putting out medical books which I also write as I am a doctor.

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

MB: I don't know the last three short story collections I read but I regularly read people like Kipling and Ursula le Guin etc as well as some children's short stories.
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