A. Studied law, never practised
A. Oxford University
A. J S Bach
A. "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956 version)
A. Star Trek
A. Independent, intellectually curious, appreciative of life's good things.
A. Never give in to self-righteousness, your own or other people's.
A. A drink before dinner on a perfect summer evening in my garden - or somewhere similar. "Perfect happiness" implies a permanent state of happiness, but it doesn't work like that. Happiness happens in moments. Often it takes you by surprise, but you have to be open to it and able to recognise it whan it creeps up on you. "Goodness me," you say to yourself in mild surprise, "I'm actually in this moment totally happy".
A. Immortality. Horribly tempting but dreadful to contemplate. But since it's not on offer yet, I'll have to settle for the usual fears of poverty and pain,
A. Swimming in clear blue water off a tropical beach, looking forward to lunch.
A. Impossible to say without sound pious or frivolous.
A. See above.
A. Nothing I can write down here.
A. Not having directed more plays and films. Working with actors, designers, technicians and all is a wonderful break from the solitariness of writing, and whenever I've done it it's worked out rather well.
A. To play jazz piano.
A. Having lived, on the whole quite well, off my work.
A. A tendency to ignore things I find boring but which may be important.
A. Probably a kind of hang-in-there optimism that never seems to quit, even when I'm in the grips of the deepest depression.
A. Cary Grant. Or maybe Mick Jagger. I can't stand his music, but, boy, he must have had a good time.
A. Probably vanity, but I'd like to think it was modesty.
A. Van Helsing or Sherlock Holmes. Especially if played by Peter Cushing.
A. Dracula or Moriarty. If played by anybody.
A. Mozart. "How did you do it?"
A. You don't want to know.
A. Loyalty, humour, tolerance.
A. Norwegian smoked salmon.
A. "Too Late Now" "Have You Met Miss Jones?" "There's a Small Hotel" "Sentimental Journey" "Well, Did You Ever?"
A. Kurt Vonnegut Philip K Dick E M Forster P G Wodehouse Graham Greene
A. "The Mind's I" by Douglas Hofstadter and Daniel Dennett "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter "Schrodinger's Cat" by John Gribbin "The House at Pooh Corner" by A A Milne "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G K Chesterton
A. "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G. K. Chesterton
A. Beware advice from other writers.
A. I hate you - you kept me up all night.