One Minute With...Gerald Seymour, thriller writer
Saturday 07 July 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
I spend a lot of time in my office at home [in Oxfordshire]. I can see into a garden which is full of lupins, roses and foxgloves.
What are you currently reading?
Ben Macintyre's 'Double Cross' [about the D-Day spies]... the research is top-rate, and the eccentric courage of the people involved is utterly remarkable.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Nevil Shute. They're stories that make my eyes a bit wet... they're beautifully written.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's this office, around 15 by 15 feet, with the walls lined with bookcases.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
One of those johnnies who sends agents off in the early Le Carré stories but stays on the safe side of the border.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
There are many of them. They go round a bend... south of the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. It's called the final turn – where the British Legion and former servicemen's associations gather, whenever there's a repatriation.
Gerald Seymour's new novel is 'The Outsiders' (Hodder & Stoughton).
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians