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Interviewed 20 August 2022
Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...
Delivery-boy, burger-flipper, tractor driver, waiter, editor, journalist, historian, critic, thriller-writer
Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...
1. My grandfather’s tankard
2. Photograph of my parents and I in Budapest after I moved there in summer 1991 looking very happy
3. First edition of Len Deighton’s Funeral in Berlin
4. Sculpture of standing lady by my mother
5. Nefertiti head that my daughter bought me
6. Art deco lamp from Prague antique shop
7. Mug I made at Camden Arts centre several decades ago
8. Old blue soda siphon from Budapest flea market
9. Pile of new thrillers for review in the Financial Times.
Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?
Cheese and mushroom omelette, crusty French bread and tomato salad. Glass of red wine if it’s supper.
Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...
1. Len Deighton
2. Scheherazade, narrator of the One Thousand and One Nights
3. John Reed, author of Ten Days That Shook the World
4. Charles McCarry
6. David Ben-Gurion
7. Winston Churchill
Six things you can't live without ...
1. My family
2. Darjeeling tea
5. Walter Presents on Channel 4
6. Dark chocolate
Five favourite words ...
1. Zongora (Hungarian for piano)
2. Ashurbanipal (King of Assyria)
Four places you'd run away to ...
1. Budapest (I already did once)
3. Far, far north of Scotland
4. The Cote d’Azur
Three books you've bought recently ...
1. God Stand Up for Bastards by David Leitch
2. Escape from Hell: The True Story of the Auschwitz Protocol by Alfred Wetzler
3. The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark
Two things that make you rant ...
1. The amount of crime writers who start their books with gruesome murders of young women. Must Try Harder.
2. People who are rude to waiters, porters, secretaries, service staff
One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...
It’s all going to work out just fine