Sally Gardner interviewed in The Observer
about her new novel Tinder
I told my editor, “It’s not for children”. I wanted to do an anti-war book. What I really wanted to write about was the thirty years’ war [which raged from 1618 to 1648]. It was a grotesque historical episode. It was the first time on a battlefield that they would assemble 1,000 men and they would march forward like a machine in these square formations. Now, with the first world war anniversary coming up, we are entering this era of glorification. But it wasn’t glorious. It was a calamity.