Linda Wilson

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Linda Wilson

Linda Wilson was born in Preston, Lancashire, coming south to the University of Bristol to study law in 1979. She joined the caving club, was loaned a pair of boots that fell apart on the second trip, but the resulting marriage has lasted somewhat longer. In 1981, she co-authored The Tolkien Quiz Book (published by W.H.Allen) with Nigel Robinson, thereby putting a misspent youth to good use. She became a partner in a firm of solicitors for twenty years before retiring to concentrate on her hobbies, which include caving, the study of cave art, reading and writing. She divides her time between the UK and the Perigord region of France.


Interviewed 09 September 2013

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

Worked as a solicitor for 25 years, now having fun.

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

A life-sized bronze goose called Charlie. A pot of silk cyclamen so realistic that a friend once spent two weeks watering them. A busy Lizzie plant from unbroken stock that my husband has had for over 40 years. A small fluffy grey toy bear owned by one of my lurchers. Two sleeping lurchers. A two metre high rubber plant called Eric that I bought my husband for a first anniversary present 31 years ago. A small painting by an artist called John Ridgewell. A ceramic model of a hare.

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

Bacon, onion, mushroom and cheese omelette.

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

Bernard Cribbins, because he's a National Treasure; Ben Miller so he could teach me something about science; Nigel Robinson (my original literary partner in crime), because he's damn good company; J.R.R. Tolkien (dec’d), as I'd love to quiz him in detail about the origin of the orcs; Abbé Breuil (dec'd) so I could talk to him about cave art; Greek general Alcibiades (dec’d), a man who enjoyed a drink; Count Robert of Bellême (also dec’d), just to find out if he really was as bad as he was made out to be. Not sure I'd want to get them all together at the same time, though!

Six things you can't live without ...

My husband. My two lurchers. My laptop. Kitchen roll. A hairdryer.

Five favourite words ...

Arse. Brilliant. Whatever. Fabulous. Luminous.

Four places you'd run away to ...

My lovely house in Perigord. Rome. Doolin, on the west coast of Co Clare. Akeld, in Northumberland,

Three books you've bought recently ...

The Complete World of Human Evolution by Chris Stringer and Peter Andrews.
The Quest for Food: Its role in Human Evolution and Migration by Ivan Crowe.
Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World by Roger Atwood.

Two things that make you rant ...

Politics. Homophobia.

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

Get a job you’re likely to enjoy.