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. What do you regret most?

A. The adoration that I inadvertently give to people I wish to be considered equal to, then finding that some presume themselves to be superior. It makes me feel abused but I think I have been at least partly responsible.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Muttley from The Wacky Races. (There seems to be an animal theme emerging. I've never noticed being particularly interested in animals before.)

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Self depreciation that I consider both polite and funny but people can mistake for modesty. I'm not modest at all.

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.

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