A. journalist, civil servant, barman, bookseller, gherkin-bottler, philosophy tutor and English teacher, among others
A. I went to primary and secondary school at Oatlands College in Dublin, Ireland, and did my degree at University College Dublin
A. My favourite composer would definitely be JS Bach
A. I have many to chose, but I could watch Double Indemnity, His Girl Friday or Taxi Driver a hundred times and never get bored
A. It's a long list as I write a lot about television for work, but The Sopranos definitely would be up there towards the top, and I'm a big fan of the original Swedish adaptations of Henning Mankell's Wallander novels
A. Happy, curious, eager, bashful, fruitful, loving and Irish
A. Come on, it's got to be worth a try...
A. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me on the few occasions I've come close to it, it was a still quiet calm that flooded every atom of my being with the certainty that I am a very lucky man.
A. fear itself
A. in the Maldives, a cold drink in one hand, a good book in the other, toes dipped in the ocean
A. My wife, Angela
A. not being born filthy rich and irresistably handsome
A. a minor miracle
A. My endless capacity for idleness
A. my modesty, of course!
A. Myself twenty years ago, knowing what I know now.
A. Stephen Maturin, from Patrick O'Brien's epic Aubrey-Maturin series of seafaring novels – a comprehensively "satisfying" character
A. Tom Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's great creation
A. "There's so much other fruit to choose from, Adam, why spoil things for everything by insisting on eating that one?"
A. our cultural obsession with celebrity
A. Reading, walking my dog Barney, chatting in the pub with friends
A. writer in residence, University of the Maldives
A. in others? Humour, intelligenge and the ability to make a decent cup of coffee
A. soup (tee-hee!)
A. Too many to mention, so I'll just stick to living crime writers: Ian Rankin Michael Connelly Peter Temple James Ellroy Mark Billingham
A. Gullivers Travels, by Jonathan Swift Ulysses, by James Joyce The Mauritius Command, by Patrick O'Brien Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen The Stranger, by Albert Camus
A. I rarely reread, there's so much exciting stuff I haven't got around to yet
A. Give it time, meet as many writers as you can, and don't give up.
A. "I couldn't put it down"