One Minute With: Frances Fyfield, crime writer
Saturday 22 December 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
A second floor room, overlooking the sea, watching people walk their dogs on the beach.
What are you currently reading?
'The British as Art Collectors from the Tudors to the Present', by James Stourton and Charles Sebag-Montefiore. Better than the most extravagant novel.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Choosing from current reading, Ruth Dudley Edwards. Her novel 'Killing the Emperors' is a seriously funny satire on the modern art industry. She is always right on the button.
Describe the room where you usually write
As above. The dogs have gone home, and the wind is getting up.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I empathise with Catherine Morland, in [Jane Austen's] 'Northanger Abbey'. "No one who had ever seen Catherine in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine… She never could learn or understand anything before she was taught: and sometimes not even then."
Who is your hero/ heroine from outside literature?
Whoever invented buttons.
Frances Fyfield's new novel is 'Gold Digger' (Sphere)
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
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- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
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Art Garfunkel: Paul Simon is a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
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Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
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SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland