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Interviewed 17 March 2018
Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...
Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...
1. My iMac.
2. Family portrait
3. ‘Spinifex Plain’: A very expensive Rolf Harris giclee that would be worth a hell of a lot more than it is in other circumstances.
4. My favourite tree, a Japanese maple that I planted 20 years ago.
5. A large photo of my amazing granddaughter Mia, crouching up on her surfboard on the crest of a wave in the best Kelly Slater style: she’s seven.
6. Another large photograph of my darlin’ boy Rex, my three-year-old grandson, his face lit up by the sparkler he’s holding at a firework display at his other granddad’s house in Japan.
7. A wall clock that was presented to my father on his retirement in 1967.
8. A fantastic original caricature of the late Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, by the eminent Emilio Coia.
9. The end of the 30th Bob Skinner novel.
Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?
Onion, tomato, yellow pepper, courgette, chicken and chorizo, a little cumin, no salt, wok-fried in olive oil, soya, and Worcester sauce, with medium egg noodles chucked in at the last minute. Followed by soft scoop vanilla ice cream with Askey’s toffee sauce. Washed down with a young but ballsy Empordan red called Mar de Lluna.
Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...
Ian Rankin, Mike Jecks, Paul Johnston, Michael Connelly, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Douglas Skelton. (It could happen).
Six things you can't live without ...
1. Her name’s Eileen.
2. My computer
3. A decent broadband connection
5. Corona with a wedge of lime or lemon
Five favourite words ...
Allan, Eileen, Mia, Rex, Susie . . . in alphabetical order.
Four places you'd run away to ...
Madrid, Toronto, Singapore, Darnius.
Three books you've bought recently ...
1. The Russia House – John Le Carre. I’m a late returnee, having read or re-read all the Smiley novels, and carried on from there
2. Two Kinds of Truth – Michael Connelly. I pre-order all the Harry Bosch novels, in hardback.
3. Ferdinand the Bull – Munro Leaf. Three copies – for Rexie, Benjamin and Rudi, my great-nephews, all of them being at the right age.
Two things that make you rant ...
2. Gender politics
One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...
Don’t! Drink! Alcohol!