AS Byatt's 'glee' as Norse gods died
15 October 2011 Last updated at 19:04 BST
AS Byatt has been describing what motivated her to write Ragnarok, a novel about the Norse myths.
She said that as a child she had felt a sort of glee when reading how all the gods died at the end of a book.
The author was talking to the BBC's Nick Higham at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.