Latitude: My top 10 festival moments - Bret Easton Ellis

Writer Bret Easton Ellis speaking in the Literary Tent at the Latitude Festival 2010, held in Henham

Writer Bret Easton Ellis speaking in the Literary Tent at the Latitude Festival 2010, held in Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk. pic: Yui Mok, PA - Credit: PA

I have only read two of his books – and not even his most famous – but spending an hour or so in the company of Brett Easton Ellis was an experience I will never forget.

Extremely hungover and reluctant to talk about his latest work, Imperial Bedrooms, he was on stage in the Literary Arena “in conversation” with the broadcaster and journalist Miranda Sawyer.

Many a lesser interviewer would have struggled to deal with the caustic and unco-operative responses, but Sawyer managed to deal with an author who seemed well in need of a few extra hours of sleep and after a while, just let him loose on the crowd for a chaotic Q&A session that was only occasionally wrangled back on course.

However out of sorts the writer may have been, it was an engrossing and intriguing interview.

Not often does someone whose work has been so debated by so many turn up in a tent, in a field, in the middle of Suffolk, to talk to welly-wearing fans sitting cross-legged about nothing in particular and take questions about - who else - Patrick Bateman.

Who is Patrick Bateman? Who cares, says Bret Easton Ellis.

But with a hint of a smile on his face that suggests he loves the fact that people have thought about it so much.

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Signing books outside, he was charming and polite and, wearing jeans, a dark blue hoodie and sunglasses, he rather blended in as he walked off, probably to take a helicopter back to civilisation.

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