Steven Dunne

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Steven Dunne

Steven Dunne has undertaken a variety of jobs, including public relations consultant, freelance journalist and supply teacher. He's even had a brief career in stand-up comedy. He's also written occasional articles for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. In 1988 he began teaching English in Croydon before moving to Derby in 1996, where he began to consider writing a novel. His fourth novel featuring DI Damen Brook is called The Unquiet Grave, and is published by Headline.



Interviewed 18 October 2013

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Underpaid, overworked, headline, glamour, excitement, travel, fame, wealth, alarm-clock, underpaid...

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

1) Polish phrase book (See next novel).
2) Golf clubs - I don’t get out much.
3) Piles of books to be read, thrown out or given away.
4) An apple tree chock-full of red apples ready to smash open on the patio because I’m too busy to harvest.
5) Sleeping cat. What a life. Apart from the ball-licking. Then again if I want to get a national review...
6) Box of 600 packets of Dreamies, crack-cocaine for cats. See above.
7) Framed poster for Latchmere Theatre’s award-winning Christmas production of Hansel and Gretel in 1988-89. My first ever paying writing job.
8) Tea towels drying on the radiator. A man’s work is never delegated.
9) Wine catalogue. Enough said.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Cold takeaway curry straight from the foil carton for breakfast – the spicier the better. The eight minutes is to make fresh coffee and squeeze some orange juice - for a healthy balance.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Naomi Wolf, Norman Mailer, Morrissey, Mark Gatiss, Angelina Jolie (v. interested in her UN work), Gore Vidal, Rupert Everett.

Six things you can't live without ...

Health, tea, bacon, email, roof, walls.

Five favourite words ...

Magnanimous, corkscrew, sun-lounger, solipsistic, fuck.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Australia, South of France, California, Hong Kong. Think some of these may have extradition treaties though.

Three books you've bought recently ...

1) The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
2) The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
3) The Killing of Emma Gross by Damien Seaman

Two things that make you rant ...

The triumph of mediocrity.
The way we let our political leaders treat us.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Don’t eat those chips or you’ll get...oops, too late fatty.