Wellington author Anna Smaill's debut novel The Chimes is
set in a dystopian London, where the written word is outlawed
and memory has been sacrificed to music, the ruling
principle, a form of mind control. ODT books editor Helen
Speirs sat down with the writer, who is being touted as our
Booker Prize contender, when she came south to appear in the
recent Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival.