One minute with: Richard Madeley, TV presenter
Friday 19 July 2013
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
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
Mike Read 'apologises unreservedly' for Ukip Calypso and withdraws it from sale
Disney announces new female-led film Moana
Eight seconds of white noise is top of the Canadian iTunes chart because people love Taylor Swift that much
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Sensitive, silly and sensational
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991 with most Brits wanting to stay in'