James Fleming

James Fleming was born in London in 1944, the fourth in a family of nine children. He read history at Oxford and has been variously an accountant, farmer, forester and bookseller. The author of two previous novels, The Temple of Optimism and Thomas Gage, he lives in Scotland. Visit him online at jamesfleming.co.uk.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Look behind the screen

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Impossible to answer.

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

A. Horace Walpole, to whom I'd say, Write me a nice letter once a week. Tell me the news from the ladies, the gossip from the court, somehistorical anecdotes - anything you like, actually.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Stephen Sondheim

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Idleness

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