Rory Clements

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Rory Clements

Former journalist Rory Clements is the author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen's Man, follow Elizabeth's Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William.



Interviewed 29 November 2014

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

A steep learning curve - and a huge amount of fun.

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

Birds feeding at the table outside my window. Books (hundreds of them). Bills to pay. Boxes full of documents. Biros. Blank sheets of paper that must be filled. Binoculars (for occasional days at the races). Bag (a beautiful leather satchel, a present from my family). Bare autumnal trees, sad but beautiful.

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

Scrambled egg on rye toast.

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

Richard Topcliffe, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Mussolini (so I could give them all a piece of my mind while spiking their drinks with something very unpleasant).

Six things you can't live without ...

A decent tennis racket. Photograph of my mum and dad on their wedding day in 1944. Vain Glory by Guy Chapman (the first and best memoir of the First World War). Painting by my wife Naomi Clements-Wright (any one will do - they’re all beautiful). The love of my children. Food.

Five favourite words ...

Kindness, turpitude, büstenhalter, claret, truculent (I’d probably pick five different ones tomorrow),

Four places you'd run away to ...

New England (USA), Lake Louise (Canada), Cambridge (UK), Verona (Italy).

Three books you've bought recently ...

SS-GB by Len Deighton (am thoroughly enjoying it), A Handful Of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (strange but captivating), Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard (haven’t started it yet).

Two things that make you rant ...

Only two? Where do I start? OK - here goes. Men of violence. Apologists for men of violence.

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

Learn from the mistakes of others - don’t copy them.