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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My Life in 8 Words

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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. 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. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Dancing. I would be an amazing dancer. All kind of dancing. Tap, tango, breakdancing, everything. I'd be the don of all things dance. For the moment I don't really dance. If you asked me tomorrow the answer might well be different.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A cat?

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I admire all manner of historical and mythical figures but I don't particularly identify with any of them.

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