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
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
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
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
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