Imogen Robertson

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Imogen Robertson


Interviewed 31 May 2014

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

TV directing then novel writing – neither glamorous, both occasionally glorious.

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

Picture of my grandmother and me (when I was about three)
Superb golden nude by artist and writer Susie Nott Bower
Photo of my husband at the cheese stall he used to run in Borough Market
19th century map of Durham, my home county
Collection of household Gods (including a sugar mouse, a bear from Lyme Regis and a strange metal man my father found in an old tea-chest)
Wind-up singing bird in wicker cage
Teetering pile of notebooks
Teetering pile of research materials
Multi-coloured slinky I play with while I’m writing.

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

Omelette with loads of red peppers.

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

Olaudah Equiano, (writer, campaigner and former slave), Mrs Humphrey (18th century print seller), John Hunter (18th century anatomist), Tobias Pleasant (a servant of the same period, I met him in the Old Bailey archives), Ada Leigh, (real-life model for a character in Paris Winter), Suzanne Valadon (Parisian artist of Belle Epoque and after who also appears in Paris Winter).

Six things you can't live without ...

Notebook, cello, British Library card, coffee, fountain pen, wedding ring.

Five favourite words ...

Susurration, damp, champagne, skitter, patchwork.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Southwold, Porto, Whitby, Rio.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Gypsy-travellers in nineteenth-century society by David Mayall, Time’s Anvil by Richard Morris, Dictionary of British Folk-tales by Katherine M Briggs.

Two things that make you rant ...

Underfunding of school libraries Bad plotting in TV crime drama (Series 1 of the Killing, I am looking at you.)

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

Just calm down, love.