What I’m reading:
Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla, Explore Everything by Bradley L Garrett and The Pike by Lucy Hughes Hallett.
What I’m listening to:
A lot of synth, for some reason – Teenage Diary by College and Outrun by Kavinsky in particular.
What I’m watching:
We’re very late to it, but at the moment we’re enjoying Fringe. Also I love Mythbusters.
Changes almost daily, but satiety is a perennial favourite.
“Gorecki” by Lamb. But I suspect it would be different every time I’m asked.
Your hero – literary or otherwise:
JG Ballard – for his fearlessness as an author and the example he sets anyone trying to combine writing and parenting.
The book you wish you’d written:
Many. 253 by Geoff Ryman comes to mind – brilliant in concept, brilliantly executed.
The book that everyone should read:
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. One of the greatest books of the 20th century.
Which book would you like republished?
It’s very hard to find Patrick McGrath’s Spider, an excellent gothic novel. And The Pump-House Gang by Tom Wolfe.
Longhand, and only using a black Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5.
Best advice ever received:
A complete cliché, but it is better to regret something you have done, rather than something you haven’t.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Measuring progress and prosperity by GDP growth is a fundamentally terrible idea. Peraps we could change that.
Think of something beautiful – could we ask you to describe what you see?
Other than my wife and son, the last beautiful thing I saw was the shadow of a magpie passing across the courtyard of the building we live in. Didn’t see the bird, didn’t hear a sound, just this quick, silent magpie outline slicing through the sunshine.
What’s the most memorable sentence you’ve ever read?
“Panasonic.” From White Noise. That’s it, the whole sentence, and it ends a section. It’s just so audacious.
What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
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