One minute with: Charles Moore, biographer
Friday 17 May 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
In my house, an old rectory in East Sussex. I can see fallow deer across the stream and bluebells in the wood.
What are you currently reading?
'Hound Music', a novel by Rosalind Belben set in the early 20th century which really understands hunting.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
Miklós Bánffy, the Hungarian politician and nobleman and author of the 'Transylvanian Trilogy'. The best fictional insight into the mind and life of pre-First World War middle Europe.
Describe the room where you usually write
My study in Sussex looks out on to our wood stack, so no view distracts me. It is north-facing and needs a coal fire till May.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Hare, in Alison Uttley's "Little Grey Rabbit". He is boastful, and foolish in an active way.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Sir Denis Thatcher. He was the "conventional" man with the courage to back an unconventional woman.
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