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Benjamin Constable

Benjamin Constable was born in Bristol and grew up mostly in Derby. He lives in Paris where he writes fiction and teaches English. Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa is his first novel.
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Benjamin Constable
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never say with eight words what you can say with nine. I don't really do mottos.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I don't really think like that. I'd love to meet anybody from history and I'm sure I'd have loads of questions and comedy advice like never travel on a ship called Titanic but choosing one person and not another doesn't seem interesting to me.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. This changes but yesterday I watched Alan Rusbridger (editor of the Guardian) talking before a British government select committee defending his paper's publication of the Edward Snowdon leaks and he spoke clearly with staggering common sense and integrity. Today I think he's the person I most admire.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I think perfect happiness is an oxymoron. I'm not looking for perfect anything. I do have a strategy for happiness though and it is as follows: Clear my head - that means tidying my space, sorting out my tax or dealing with personal stuff. Then I go in search of adventure, it can be anywhere and in any form and doesn't even have to be new, but it often involves getting post and situations where I don't know the outcome. Then I make stuff - writing a book, doing a drawing... There's often difficulty finishing stuff I started that requires fairly brutal self discipline but when it's done I'm happy and proud. Then I start again.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Harvey the invisible white rabbit rom the film Harvey

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