Sharon Wheeler

Countdown with ...

Sharon Wheeler

Sharon Wheeler has been reviewing books and music for the past 25 years (and isn't tired yet!) She'll read most things, but prefers the noir end of the genre and has a fondness for Euro crime. Sharon has worked as a print and online journalist, mainly covering sport, and claims she knows every freezing rugby press box in the country. Sharon now lectures in journalism at the University of Portsmouth. She is the author of Feature Writing for Journalists and co-editor of The Literary Imagination (both Routledge).


Interviewed 09 September 2013

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

Sports and music journalist now indoctrinating the youth of today.

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

Books. Russian dolls. Filofax. TV. iPhone. Silk scarf. Carved Russian bear. Moon-gazing bronze hare. Printer's drawer full of hot metal letters.

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

Deconstructed pesto – garlic warmed through, toasted pine nuts, lemon juice and zest, lots of basil and veggie parmesan.

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

My best mates from uni – we shared a house and don't see each other often enough now.

Six things you can't live without ...

iPad, iPhone, notebook, pen, perfume, small teddy bear given to me when I was 18 by a schoolfriend.

Five favourite words ...

Spiffing, arse, moonlight, yarp, dandelion.

Four places you'd run away to ...

West coast of Ireland. The Dordogne, South Wiltshire, mid-Wales.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamas Heaney by Dennis O'Driscoll. Court Confidential: Inside the World of Tennis by Neil Harman. Out in the Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier by James Wharton.

Two things that make you rant ...

Religion. Intolerance.

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

It doesn't matter a damn what other people think of you.