Countdown with ...
Interviewed 08 July 2017
Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...
Farmer, student, drummer, programmer, writer. No get rich quick scheme.
Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...
I’m in my office (shed) and I can see:
Mundane writing equipment including computer, two screens
A cup of tea.
The muddy estuary at the bottom of the garden.
A Little Egret wading in the shallows as the tide ebbs.
A sailing dinghy.
Thunder, our Estrella Mountain dog (very large, very loud and very cuddly).
My kids’ trampoline (sans children).
A lawn in desperate need of a mow.
A thatched roof in desperate need of repair.
Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?
Three slices of white bread. Toast one slice and sandwich between the other two untoasted, buttered, slices. Tuna mayo in top section, lettuce and cucumber in the bottom section (or your choice of fillings). Knock-out mixture of textures and flavours. Try it!
Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...
(all seven at the same time would make for an interesting evening)
Six things you can't live without ...
Five favourite words ...
Four places you'd run away to ...
Rye (in East Sussex)
Three books you've bought recently ...
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. A brilliant rural noir set in Mississippi. Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger.
Finisterre by Graham Hurley. Slow-burning Second World War thriller. As good as anything Hurley has written.
The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F Hamilton. Space opera from one of the masters of the genre.
Two things that make you rant ...
One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...
Buy shares in Microsoft and Apple.