One minute with: Richard Madeley, TV presenter


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Where are you now and what can you see?

Sitting in our back garden with my laptop... I'm looking at two wooden deck-loungers I just bought from the bloke who came to jet-clean our stone-flagged steps.

What are you currently reading?

The new tranche of books for our forthcoming autumn Richard and Judy Book Club recommended reads.

Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him

Susanna Clarke, who wrote the extraordinary Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. It's a complete tour de force, describing real English magic (as opposed to mere stagecraft) being practised in the Napoleonic era.

Describe the room where you usually write

I write anywhere I happen to be...

Which fictional character most resembles you?

I suppose I have to say Oliver Arnold, one of the main characters in my new novel. He's very much a father figure as well as having a very separate identity forged by his past.

Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?

JFK. Flawed, of course, both as man and a president, but still the towering figure of the post-war generation.

Richard Madeley's debut novel, 'Some Day I'll Find You', is published by Simon & Schuster