A. My mother was a great one for maxims, me less so. However, I'm a great believe in optimism, however unfounded. Plus I always like to have my next holiday booked and planned.
A. My job title at the university where I work part-time is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media. 'Reader' is a British academic title that is one rank below 'Professor'. But it would be great if what it really meant was 'reader' - the perfect job for me!
A. Good bread with extra virgin olive oil and salt.
A. Well, I have an office in my garden that we built two years ago and the honest truth is I'm there right now, and I love it.
A. Happiness for me is really good meal in a really great restaurant with my husband and our two kids. There's something about a good restaurant - well-run, well-designed, with good lighting, good service, and of course good food - that I find irresistable and impossibly glamorous. I grew up in towns where nice restaurants didn't really exist, so I love getting dressed up and going out to eat somewhere nice.