Tanya Brown: You have a new novel coming soon. Why’s it called Spirit?
Gwyneth Jones: Because Gollanz didn’t like The Princess of Bois Dormant – maybe they thought it was difficult to pronounce. I’d just finished reviewing Iain Bank’s Matter so I said the first thing that came into my head: Spirit. Luckily it just so happens that there is an Aleutian pod in this book, which is called the Spirit of ’89, and it gets gets called "Spirit" for short. As some of you may vaguley remember, Aleutian artifacts are sentient, so it’s a person. And so Spirit it is, though I shall try to rescue The Princess of Bois Dormant when I get to proofs.